underact

play
verb un·der·act \ˌən-dər-ˈakt\

Definition of underact

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to perform (a dramatic part) with restraint for effect :  underplay

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to perform feebly or with restraint

Circa 1623

First Known Use of underact

circa 1623

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