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have a role in (something)

1. To have a specific involvement or participation in something. There's no use lying to the committee, Mr. Marshall, as we know for a fact that you had a role in hiding your company's losses from its investors.
2. Literally, to have a job portraying a certain character in a performance. I hear that Samantha has a role in some new film. She's really making her way into the big leagues!
See also: have, role

play a role in (something)

1. To have a specific involvement or participation in something. There's no use lying to the committee, Mr. Marshall, as we know for a fact that you played a role in hiding your company's losses from its investors.
2. Literally, to have a job portraying a certain character in a performance. I hear that Samantha is playing a role in some new film. She's really making her way into the big leagues!
See also: play, role

play a large role (in something)

To have an extremely important or fundamental role (in some resultant situation, action, event, outcome, etc.). There were a lot of reason why I quit, but having to work 10 hours a day played a large role. Punk rock played a large role in forming my aesthetic sensibilities. The rookie quarterback ended up playing a large role in the team's amazing comeback victory yesterday.
See also: large, play, role

play a big role (in something)

To have an extremely important or fundamental role (in some resultant situation, action, event, outcome, etc.). There were a lot of reason why I quit, but having to work 10 hours a day played a big role. Punk rock played a big role in forming my aesthetic sensibilities. The rookie quarterback ended up playing a big role in the team's amazing comeback victory yesterday.
See also: big, play, role

play a small role (in something)

1. Literally, to act out a very small, inconsequential role (in some piece of drama, film, or television). I originally started off playing a small role in the sitcom, but over the years the character became wildly popular and really launched my career. A: "I heard you're in the latest Schwarzenegger movie, right?" B: "Yeah, I'm just playing a small role, though."
2. By extension, to have a very small, inconsequential role (in some resultant situation, action, event, outcome, etc.). I know you feel like you only played a small role in our victory today, but you were just as important out there as everyone else on the team. A: "I suppose those long, 12-hour days were why you quit, huh?" B: "Actually, those only played a small role—it was mostly just because I hated my boss."
See also: play, role, small

play a bit role (in something)

1. Literally, to act out a very small, inconsequential role (in some piece of drama, film, or television). I originally started off playing a bit role in the sitcom, but over the years the character became wildly popular and really launched my career. A: "I heard you're in the latest Schwarzenegger movie, right?" B: "Yeah, I'm just playing a bit role, though."
2. By extension, to have a very small, inconsequential role (in some resultant situation, action, event, outcome, etc.). I know you feel like you only played a bit role in our victory today, but you were just as important out there as everyone else on the team. A: "I suppose those long, 12-hour days were why you quit, huh?" B: "Actually, those only played a bit role—it was mostly just because I hated my boss."
See also: bit, play, role

play a part in something

 and play a role in something 
1. to participate in something in a specific way. I hope to play a part in the development of the new product. I want to play a role in this procedure.
2. to portray a character in a performance. He played a part in The Mikado, but it was not a major role. Larry wanted to play a role in the next play.
See also: part, play
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First, we use the Role Checklist to describe role performance in occupational therapy students across three time periods--past, present, and future (Oakley, Kielhofner, Barris, & Reichler, 1986)-- and to describe how their currently performed roles correspond with the participation areas defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF; WHO, 2001).
Third, viewing the results from a gender perspective, we explore potential role differences between men and women.
Traditionally the role of a smuggler belongs to Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford.
Temporary Role: Because in original role graph there are no roles which are corresponding to permissions required by users, new roles generated by combination of atom roles which are corresponding to these permissions or middle roles are so-called temporary roles.
Occupation of an organisational role is, therefore, a potential source of stress.
Pandey (1997) examined the relationship between role stress and role efficacy using a sample of personnel of Indian Railways.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Queen Latifah, for her role as Ana in Life Support.
When she stepped in for an injured dancer in Ratmansky's Russian Seasons, she imbued the complex role with a deeply impassioned, soulful quality.
The multidimensional fit that needs to be achieved for the role to succeed is easy to understand but challenging to achieve and to manage.
House and Hayes (2002) argued that professional school counselors are uniquely trained with skills of teaming and collaboration and can play a central role in advocating for programs and policies that ensure academic success for all students.
Indeed, one could make the claim that no understanding of American foreign-policy decision making is possible without understanding the role of lobbies and interest groups.
in Detroit, ranks the CAO role in the age of Sarbanes-Oxley as "difficult, flirting with the impossible" as he works to stay abreast of regulatory developments and to help others in the company understand how those developments affect each area of the company.
By 1980, Super was integrating social role theory into career development as he called attention to the relationships of job roles with other life roles (e.
With the recent increased emphasis on assessment in higher education, a logical extension of using role play or simulation as a teaching method is to use it as an evaluation of student learning.
Burke and Tully (1977) define an "identity" as a set of internalized meanings applied to the self in a social role.