over·​act | \ ˌō-vər-ˈakt How to pronounce overact (audio) \
overacted; overacting; overacts

Definition of overact

intransitive verb

1 : to act more than is necessary
2 : to overact a part

transitive verb

: to exaggerate in acting

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Other Words from overact

overaction \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈak-​shən How to pronounce overaction (audio) \ noun

Examples of overact in a Sentence

His tendency to overact made his performance less realistic.

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Almost everybody's overacting like a champ, though the most scenery is chewed by Jennifer Morrison and Brian F. Durkin as corrupt law enforcement. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Superfly' gets a flashy hip-hop remake that's so bad it's almost good," 12 June 2018 Owen is the actor who gets the most permission to overact. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "'Baskerville' At Long Wharf Plays As Both Comedy, Complex Mystery," 9 Mar. 2018 In the opening minutes of the production, the subjects are often nervous, overacting. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Alex Majoli’s “SKENE”: The World as a Photojournalist’s Stage," 26 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of overact

1611, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of overact was in 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of overact

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

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