un·​der·​act | \ ˌən-dər-ˈakt How to pronounce underact (audio) \
underacted; underacting; underacts

Definition of underact

transitive verb

: to perform (a dramatic part) with restraint for effect : underplay

intransitive verb

: to perform feebly or with restraint

Examples of underact in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet, in one respect, the market may actually be underacting. WSJ, "U.S. Adds 75,000 Jobs in May, Well Below Expectations," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of underact

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Underact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underact. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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