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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
References in classic literature ?
In short, Sophia so greatly overacted her part, that her aunt was at first staggered, and began to suspect some affectation in her niece; but as she was herself a woman of great art, so she soon attributed this to extreme art in Sophia.
"Is it possible," he asked, with an overacted assumption of surprise, "that you think I am in earnest?"
But it is no such marvelous feat to exhibit the feats of so dull a beast; though, for that matter, too, a bear may be overacted. Yes, yes; it is not every imitator that knows natur' may be outdone easier than she is equaled.
Soften his resolution, ma'am, by entreaties; don't strengthen it by threats!" She a little overstrained the tone of humility in which she spoke those words -- a little overacted the look of apprehension which accompanied them.
I remembered the look of suspicion and surprise that had escaped him on entering the room, and I thought his indifference a little overacted.
She tossed her head, and let the check lie on the table, with an overacted appearance of caring very little whether she took it or not.
We hindered and repressed a great deal of cruelty, and congratulated ourselves on doing a vast deal of good, till, as often happens, my zeal overacted. Stubbs complained to my father that he couldn't manage the hands, and must resign his position.
She's had a fight with her boss who overacted to a tense situation (which football bosses always do) and he's b*llocked her.
While ordering a compensation of Rs 2.5 million to the families of each of those killed, the one-man Commission of Justice (retd) Sushanta Chatterjee said that control room officers were "vicariously responsible" and "overacted to please their political bosses".