understudy
I. Date: 1874 intransitive verb to study another actor's part in order to substitute in an emergency transitive verb to prepare (as a part) as understudy; also to prepare as understudy to (as an actor) II. noun Date: 1882 one who is prepared to act another's part or take over another's duties

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  • understudy — [un′dər stud΄ē] n. pl. understudies 1. an actor who learns the part of another actor so as to serve as a substitute when necessary 2. any person who learns the duties of another so as to serve as a substitute vt., vi. understudied, understudying… …   English World dictionary

  • understudy — ► NOUN (pl. understudies) ▪ an actor who learns another s role in order to be able to act in their absence. ► VERB (understudies, understudied) ▪ study (a role or actor) as an understudy …   English terms dictionary

  • Understudy — Un der*stud y, v. t. & i. (Theater) To study, as another actor s part, in order to be his substitute in an emergency; to study another actor s part. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Understudy — Un der*stud y, n. One who studies another s part with a view to assuming it in an emergency. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • understudy — index replace, replacement, substitute Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • understudy — (v.) 1874, in the theatrical sense, from UNDER (Cf. under) + STUDY (Cf. study) (v.). The noun is attested from 1882 …   Etymology dictionary

  • understudy — n *substitute, supply, locum tenens, alternate, pinch hitter, double, stand in …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • understudy — [n] substitute alternate, backup, double, fill in, pinch hitter*, replacement, reserve, stand by, stand in, sub*, successor; concepts 423,712 …   New thesaurus

  • Understudy — An understudy is a theatrical term for someone who learns the lines and blocking/choreography of a leading actor or actress in a theatrical play. Should the lead actor or actress be unable to appear on stage because of illness or accident, the… …   Wikipedia

  • understudy — I UK [ˈʌndə(r)ˌstʌdɪ] / US [ˈʌndərˌstʌdɪ] noun [countable] Word forms understudy : singular understudy plural understudies theatre an actor whose job is to learn someone else s part in a play so that they can perform if that person is ill II UK… …   English dictionary

  • understudy — /un deuhr stud ee/, v., understudied, understudying, n., pl. understudies. v.t. 1. to learn (a role) in order to replace the regular actor or actress when necessary. 2. to act as understudy to (an actor or actress): to understudy the lead. v.i. 3 …   Universalium

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