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understudy

verb un·der·study \ ˈən-dər-ˌstə-dē , ˌən-dər-ˈstə- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of understudy

intransitive verb
: to study another actor's part in order to substitute in an emergency
transitive verb
: to prepare (a part or character) as understudy; also : to prepare as understudy to (an actor)

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First Known Use of understudy

1874


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understudy

noun un·der·study \ ˈən-dər-ˌstə-dē \

Definition of understudy

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

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First Known Use of understudy

1882


UNDERSTUDY Defined for English Language Learners

understudy

noun

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

noun un·der·study \ ˈən-dər-ˌstə-dē \

Definition of understudy for Students

plural understudies
: an actor who is prepared to take over another actor's part if necessary


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