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un·der·stud·y

 (ŭn′dər-stŭd′ē)
v. un·der·stud·ied, un·der·stud·y·ing, un·der·stud·ies
v.tr.
1. To study or know (a role) so as to be able to replace the regular performer when required.
2. To act as an understudy to.
v.intr.
To be engaged in studying a role so as to be able to replace the regular performer when required.
n. pl. un·der·stud·ies
1. A performer who understudies.
2. A person trained to do the work of another.

understudy

(ˈʌndəˌstʌdɪ)
vb, -studies, -studying or -studied
1. (Theatre) (tr) to study (a role or part) so as to be able to replace the usual actor or actress if necessary
2. (Theatre) to act as understudy to (an actor or actress)
n, pl -studies
3. (Theatre) an actor or actress who studies a part so as to be able to replace the usual actor or actress if necessary
4. anyone who is trained to take the place of another in case of need

un•der•stud•y

(ˈʌn dərˌstʌd i)

n., pl. -stud•ies, n.
1. a performer who learns the role of another in order to serve as a replacement if necessary.
v.t.
2. to learn (a role) in order to replace the regular performer when necessary.
3. to act as understudy to (a performer): to understudy the lead.
v.i.
4. to act or work as an understudy.
[1870–75]

understudy


Past participle: understudied
Gerund: understudying

Imperative
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understudy
Present
I understudy
you understudy
he/she/it understudies
we understudy
you understudy
they understudy
Preterite
I understudied
you understudied
he/she/it understudied
we understudied
you understudied
they understudied
Present Continuous
I am understudying
you are understudying
he/she/it is understudying
we are understudying
you are understudying
they are understudying
Present Perfect
I have understudied
you have understudied
he/she/it has understudied
we have understudied
you have understudied
they have understudied
Past Continuous
I was understudying
you were understudying
he/she/it was understudying
we were understudying
you were understudying
they were understudying
Past Perfect
I had understudied
you had understudied
he/she/it had understudied
we had understudied
you had understudied
they had understudied
Future
I will understudy
you will understudy
he/she/it will understudy
we will understudy
you will understudy
they will understudy
Future Perfect
I will have understudied
you will have understudied
he/she/it will have understudied
we will have understudied
you will have understudied
they will have understudied
Future Continuous
I will be understudying
you will be understudying
he/she/it will be understudying
we will be understudying
you will be understudying
they will be understudying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been understudying
you have been understudying
he/she/it has been understudying
we have been understudying
you have been understudying
they have been understudying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been understudying
you will have been understudying
he/she/it will have been understudying
we will have been understudying
you will have been understudying
they will have been understudying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been understudying
you had been understudying
he/she/it had been understudying
we had been understudying
you had been understudying
they had been understudying
Conditional
I would understudy
you would understudy
he/she/it would understudy
we would understudy
you would understudy
they would understudy
Past Conditional
I would have understudied
you would have understudied
he/she/it would have understudied
we would have understudied
you would have understudied
they would have understudied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.understudy - an actor able to replace a regular performer when requiredunderstudy - an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
actor, histrion, thespian, role player, player - a theatrical performer
Verb1.understudy - be an understudy or alternate for a roleunderstudy - be an understudy or alternate for a role
memorise, memorize, con, learn - commit to memory; learn by heart; "Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?"

understudy

noun stand-in, reserve, substitute, double, sub, replacement, fill-in He was an understudy to Charlie Chaplin on a tour of the USA.
Translations
دِراسَة أقَلمُمَثِّل بَديل
náhradníknastudovat jako náhradníkzáskok
dubleantlære en rolle som dubleant
helyettesítésre betanulhelyettesítõ színész
dubliuoti
dublētdublieris
naštudovať ako náhradník
aktörün/aktrisin yerini almakyedek aktör/aktris

understudy

[ˈʌndəˌstʌdɪ]
A. Nsuplente mf
B. VTprepararse para suplir a

understudy

[ˈʌndərstʌdi] ndoublure f

understudy

n (Theat) → zweite Besetzung; (fig)Stellvertreter(in) m(f)
vt (Theat) → zweite Besetzung sein für

understudy

[ˈʌndəˌstʌdɪ]
1. n (Theatre) → doppio
2. vtsostituire

understudy

(ˈandəstadi) verb
to study (a part in a play, opera etc) so as to be able to take the place of (another actor, singer etc).
nounplural ˈunderstudies
a person who understudies. He was ill, so his understudy had to take the part.
References in classic literature ?
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Last night he was played by Martin Callaghan, understudy to Joe McGann, who was unable to perform.
For the section titled "Statics," where a sassy girl taunts five teenaged boys, Pazcoguin says, "I was third string understudy." When Jennifer Tinsley of the first cast became indisposed, the ballet masters asked Pazcoguin to do a stage rehearsal with Seth Orza.
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He then went on to understudy Bernardi's Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof' and eventually played the role full time.
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Set in the dressing room of a provincial theatre, the show centres on ageing comeback queen Adelaide Marchbank and her understudy Mildred Pearce, whose constant backstage bickering belies years of friendship.
After winning the part of Eliza Higgins in My Fair Lady and wowing both the public and the critics, Martine was struck down by a virus, leaving 18-year-old understudy Alexandra Jay to step in.
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