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understudy

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verb un·der·study \ˈən-dər-ˌstə-dē, ˌən-dər-ˈ\

Definition of understudy

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to study another actor's part in order to substitute in an emergency

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to prepare (as a part) as understudy; also :  to prepare as understudy to (as an actor)

1874

First Known Use of understudy

1874


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understudy

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noun un·der·study \ˈən-dər-ˌstə-dē\

Definition of understudy

  1. :  one who is prepared to act another's part or take over another's duties

1882

First Known Use of understudy

1882


UNDERSTUDY Defined for English Language Learners


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understudy

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noun un·der·study \ˈən-dər-ˌstə-dē\

Definition of understudy for English Language Learners

  • : an actor who prepares to take the part of another actor if that actor is unable to perform


UNDERSTUDY Defined for Kids

understudy

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noun un·der·study \ˈən-dər-ˌstə-dē\

Definition of understudy for Students

plural

understudies

  1. :  an actor who is prepared to take over another actor's part if necessary


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