underact(redirected from underacted)
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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.
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(Theatre) theatre to play (a role) without adequate emphasis. Compare overact
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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.
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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'"
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