roleplay

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See also: rôleplay and role-play

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From role (expected behavior) + play (perform, act).

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roleplay (third-person singular simple present roleplays, present participle roleplaying, simple past and past participle roleplayed)

  1. (intransitive) To act out a scenario or fantasy with another person or other people.
    To spice up their sex life, they like to roleplay.
  2. (transitive) To act as a character as part of a fantasy, especially with a group.
    He likes to roleplay a vampire.
    • 2018 October 17, Drachinifel, Last Ride of the High Seas Fleet - Battle of Texel 1918[1], archived from the original on 4 August 2022, retrieved 27 July 2022, 30:18 from the start:
      The particular person roleplaying Beatty in that battle suggested summarily executing Seymour and dumping him overboard.

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roleplay (countable and uncountable, plural roleplays)

  1. The act or practice of roleplaying; an instance of roleplaying.
    • 2008 November 21, Graham Linehan, The IT Crowd, Season 3, Episode 1:
      Roy: Let's do some roleplay, OK? Do you think that would be a good idea?
      Moss: It helped me learn how to buy sandwiches.
  2. The practice of roleplaying.

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