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o·ver·act

 (ō′vər-ăkt′)
v. o·ver·act·ed, o·ver·act·ing, o·ver·acts
v.tr.
To act (a dramatic role) with unnecessary exaggeration.
v.intr.
1. To exaggerate a role; overplay.
2. To act over and above what is required; overdo in acting.

o′ver·ac′tion n.

overact

(ˌəʊvərˈækt)
vb
(Theatre) to act or behave in an exaggerated manner, as in a theatrical production. Also: overplay

o•ver•act

(ˌoʊ vərˈækt)
v.t.
1. to perform (a role) in an exaggerated manner.
v.i.
2. to overact a role.
[1605–15]

overact


Past participle: overacted
Gerund: overacting

Imperative
overact
overact
Present
I overact
you overact
he/she/it overacts
we overact
you overact
they overact
Preterite
I overacted
you overacted
he/she/it overacted
we overacted
you overacted
they overacted
Present Continuous
I am overacting
you are overacting
he/she/it is overacting
we are overacting
you are overacting
they are overacting
Present Perfect
I have overacted
you have overacted
he/she/it has overacted
we have overacted
you have overacted
they have overacted
Past Continuous
I was overacting
you were overacting
he/she/it was overacting
we were overacting
you were overacting
they were overacting
Past Perfect
I had overacted
you had overacted
he/she/it had overacted
we had overacted
you had overacted
they had overacted
Future
I will overact
you will overact
he/she/it will overact
we will overact
you will overact
they will overact
Future Perfect
I will have overacted
you will have overacted
he/she/it will have overacted
we will have overacted
you will have overacted
they will have overacted
Future Continuous
I will be overacting
you will be overacting
he/she/it will be overacting
we will be overacting
you will be overacting
they will be overacting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overacting
you have been overacting
he/she/it has been overacting
we have been overacting
you have been overacting
they have been overacting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been overacting
you will have been overacting
he/she/it will have been overacting
we will have been overacting
you will have been overacting
they will have been overacting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been overacting
you had been overacting
he/she/it had been overacting
we had been overacting
you had been overacting
they had been overacting
Conditional
I would overact
you would overact
he/she/it would overact
we would overact
you would overact
they would overact
Past Conditional
I would have overacted
you would have overacted
he/she/it would have overacted
we would have overacted
you would have overacted
they would have overacted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.overact - exaggerate one's acting
dramatic art, dramaturgy, theater, theatre, dramatics - the art of writing and producing plays
playact, roleplay, act, play - perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"
underact, underplay - act (a role) with great restraint

overact

verb exaggerate, overdo it, go overboard (informal), overplay, overemphasize, lay it on thick (informal), make a production of (informal), ham or ham it up (informal) Sometimes he had overacted in his role as Hamlet.
Translations

overact

[ˌəʊvərˈækt] VIsobreactuar, exagerar (el papel)

overact

[ˌəʊvərˈækt] visurjouerover-age [ˌəʊvərˈeɪdʒ] adjayant dépassé la limite d'âge

overact

[ˌəʊvərˈækt] virecitare con troppa enfasi
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