underact


Also found in: Thesaurus.

un·der·act

 (ŭn′dər-ăkt′)
v. un·der·act·ed, un·der·act·ing, un·der·acts
v.tr.
To perform (a theatrical role) weakly, with insufficient expressiveness, or with intentionally understated expressiveness.
v.intr.
To perform in an understated or unemotional way.

underact

(ˌʌndərˈækt)
vb
(Theatre) theatre to play (a role) without adequate emphasis. Compare overact

un•der•play

(ˌʌn dərˈpleɪ, ˈʌn dərˌpleɪ)

v.t.
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.
[1725–35]

underact


Past participle: underacted
Gerund: underacting

Imperative
underact
underact
Present
I underact
you underact
he/she/it underacts
we underact
you underact
they underact
Preterite
I underacted
you underacted
he/she/it underacted
we underacted
you underacted
they underacted
Present Continuous
I am underacting
you are underacting
he/she/it is underacting
we are underacting
you are underacting
they are underacting
Present Perfect
I have underacted
you have underacted
he/she/it has underacted
we have underacted
you have underacted
they have underacted
Past Continuous
I was underacting
you were underacting
he/she/it was underacting
we were underacting
you were underacting
they were underacting
Past Perfect
I had underacted
you had underacted
he/she/it had underacted
we had underacted
you had underacted
they had underacted
Future
I will underact
you will underact
he/she/it will underact
we will underact
you will underact
they will underact
Future Perfect
I will have underacted
you will have underacted
he/she/it will have underacted
we will have underacted
you will have underacted
they will have underacted
Future Continuous
I will be underacting
you will be underacting
he/she/it will be underacting
we will be underacting
you will be underacting
they will be underacting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been underacting
you have been underacting
he/she/it has been underacting
we have been underacting
you have been underacting
they have been underacting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been underacting
you will have been underacting
he/she/it will have been underacting
we will have been underacting
you will have been underacting
they will have been underacting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been underacting
you had been underacting
he/she/it had been underacting
we had been underacting
you had been underacting
they had been underacting
Conditional
I would underact
you would underact
he/she/it would underact
we would underact
you would underact
they would underact
Past Conditional
I would have underacted
you would have underacted
he/she/it would have underacted
we would have underacted
you would have underacted
they would have underacted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.underact - act (a role) with great restraintunderact - act (a role) with great restraint  
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'"
ham, ham it up, overact, overplay - exaggerate one's acting
Translations

underact

[ˈʌndərˈækt] VIno dar de sí, hacer un papel sin el debido brío
References in periodicals archive ?
antiprism misprint (W3) augmented unteamed (W3) bicupola aboulic (W3) bigyrate bragite (W2) birotunda duration (W3) elongated engaoled (W2) icosahedron endorachis (W2) metagyrate tetragamy (W2) orthobicupola coulrophobia (Wikipedia: a fear of clowns) pentagonal pantaleon (W3) pyramid myriad (W3) triangular Tragulina (W3) triaugmented deuterating (W3) trigyrate tertiary (W3) truncated underact (W3)
Even she felt that it was quite impossible to do complete justice to her position, and like a clever actor fearing that a role may lie beyond his dramatizing potentialities, she wisely and conveniently for the surrounding world chose to underact her part.
Miscarriage is something that affects the whole family so I didn't want to overact or underact.