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

Other Words from overact

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

Examples of overact in a Sentence

His tendency to overact made his performance less realistic.
Recent Examples on the Web This was especially the case in the Vivaldi, Rachlin overacting the part of conductor-soloist. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, 19 Oct. 2019 Harrison has mastered the ability to overact, ever so slightly, so as to clue in the audience to Luce’s code-switching among his many roles: student, friend, child, self. Nora Mcgreevy, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2019 The catfights, overacting and Berry's swagger in a skimpy, tight, leather outfit that would be right at home at a Hookers Ball make for campy fun. Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 July 2019 The rest of the cast generally performs well; some prone to overacting, others to a touch of stiffness. nola.com, 26 June 2019 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, 12 June 2018 Owen is the actor who gets the most permission to overact. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 9 Mar. 2018 In the opening minutes of the production, the subjects are often nervous, overacting. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of overact

1611, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Overact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overact. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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