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

o′ver·ac′tion n.
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Noun1.overacting - poor acting by a ham actor
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
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[ˌəʊvərˈæktɪŋ] Nsobreactuación f, exageración f (del papel)
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