verb \ˌō-vər-ˈakt\

: to show too much emotion when you are acting in a play, movie, etc.

Full Definition of OVERACT

intransitive verb
:  to act more than is necessary
:  to overact a part
transitive verb
:  to exaggerate in acting
over·ac·tion \-ˈak-shən\ noun

Examples of OVERACT

  1. His tendency to overact made his performance less realistic.

First Known Use of OVERACT


Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


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