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1The acting out of the part of a particular person or character, for example as a technique in training or psychotherapy.
- ‘Mock telephone calls and mock reservations were made possible via role playing and a code for a test hotel, respectively.’
- ‘It focuses on moving away from lecture-style teaching and into more western methods such as role playing and problem solving.’
- ‘Staff members train surgical teams using two methods: lectures on concepts and principles, and case studies that involve role-playing in simulated crisis scenarios.’
- ‘We went through the rules of engagement and orders for lessons using role-playing scenarios.’
- ‘Marks mentioned a tactic in this regard of role playing — she sometimes 'becomes the student' and asks the students to teach her.’
The unconscious acting out of a particular role in accordance with the perceived expectations of society.
- ‘The performance is about role-playing in everyday life.’
- ‘Both films are based on the juxtaposition of farce and melodrama and the comedy that arises from role-playing and role-switching.’
- ‘While such role playing may indicate a hidden identification with the role, I do not mean to read the artist psychoanalytically, but rather to explore the effect of her works.’
- ‘Henry is role-playing to regain the sense of order he has lost when he realizes the futility of the war and his lack of place in it.’
- ‘They assumed invented personae via performances and photographs during the '70s, many of them in backlash against the role-playing conformity expected of women in daily life.’
- ‘The layers of role-playing and deception add richness and interest to the characters' interactions and complicate the mystery enjoyably.’
2Participation in a role-playing game.
- ‘The kids in this, who take their RPG into real life, are not geeks, but intelligent kids who enjoy role-playing.’
- ‘The game includes role-playing elements.’
- ‘The director is apparently a long time role-playing fan.’
- ‘One friend of ours was complaining one day, saying, "I really like role-playing, and I want to do more of it, but I had to drop out of the game I was in because of my boyfriend."’
- ‘I've played fantasy role-playing games at home with old friends and online with new ones, and it's perhaps my favorite genre for games.’
role playing/ˈrōl ˌplāiNG/
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