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

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, 7 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of underact was circa 1623

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“Underact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underact. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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