underact

verb
un·​der·​act | \ˌən-dər-ˈakt \
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

First Known Use of underact

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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