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v. un·der·act·ed, un·der·act·ing, un·der·acts
To perform (a theatrical role) weakly, with insufficient expressiveness, or with intentionally understated expressiveness.
To perform in an understated or unemotional way.
(Theatre) theatre to play (a role) without adequate emphasis. Compare overact
un•der•play(ˌʌn dərˈpleɪ, ˈʌn dərˌpleɪ)
1. to play (a part or scene) subtly and with restraint.
2. to play (a part) sketchily.
3. to understate or de-emphasize; downplay.v.i.
4. to underplay a part or scene.
Past participle: underacted
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|Verb||1.||underact - act (a role) with great restraint |
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'"