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understudy

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verb un·der·study \ˈən-dər-ˌstə-dē, ˌən-dər-ˈ\

Definition of UNDERSTUDY

intransitive verb
:  to study another actor's part in order to substitute in an emergency
transitive verb
:  to prepare (as a part) as understudy; also :  to prepare as understudy to (as an actor)

First Known Use of UNDERSTUDY

1874

Rhymes with UNDERSTUDY

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noun un·der·study \ˈən-dər-ˌstə-dē\

: an actor who prepares to take the part of another actor if that actor is unable to perform

Full Definition of UNDERSTUDY

:  one who is prepared to act another's part or take over another's duties

First Known Use of UNDERSTUDY

1882

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