Overact

  • 1 Overact — O ver*act , v. i. To act more than is necessary; to go to excess in action. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2 Overact — O ver*act , v. t. 1. To act or perform to excess; to exaggerate in acting; as, he overacted his part. [1913 Webster] 2. To act upon, or influence, unduly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The hope of inheritance overacts them. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 overact — index overreach Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 overact — (v.) 1610s, to go too far in action, from OVER (Cf. over) + ACT (Cf. act) (v.). Meaning to play a part with too much emphasis, to chew the scenery is from 1630s. Related: Overacted; overacting …

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  • 5 overact — ► VERB ▪ act a role in an exaggerated manner …

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  • 6 overact — [ō΄vərakt′] vt., vi. to act (a dramatic role) in an exaggerated way …

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  • 7 overact — UK [ˌəʊvərˈækt] / US [ˌoʊvərˈækt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms overact : present tense I/you/we/they overact he/she/it overacts present participle overacting past tense overacted past participle overacted if an actor overacts, they… …

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  • 8 overact — Date: 1611 intransitive verb 1. to act more than is necessary 2. to overact a part transitive verb to exaggerate in acting • overaction noun …

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  • 9 overact — verb during dramatic scenes, she has a tendency to overact Syn: exaggerate, overdo it, overplay it; informal ham it up, camp it up …

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  • 10 overact — o•ver•act [[t]ˌoʊ vərˈækt[/t]] v. t. 1) sbz to perform (a role) in an exaggerated manner 2) sbz to overact a role • Etymology: 1605–15 …

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  • 11 overact — overaction, n. /oh veuhr akt /, v.t., v.i. to act in an exaggerated manner. [1605 15; OVER + ACT] * * * …

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  • 12 overact — verb To act in an exaggerated manner. Syn: chew the scenery, ham it up …

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  • 13 overact — Synonyms and related words: act a part, affect, assume, carry too far, counterfeit, declaim, do a bit, dramatize, exaggerate, exhaust, fake, feign, go overboard, go to extremes, go too far, grimace, ham, ham it up, histrionize, know no bounds,… …

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  • 14 overact — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. overplay, ham [it up] (inf.), chew the scenery (inf.). See exaggeration. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. affect, overdo, act, ham, ham up*; see also exceed , exaggerate …

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  • 15 overact — o|ver|act [ˌəuvərˈækt US ˌou ] v to act in a play with too much emotion or movement used to show disapproval >overacting[i] n [U] …

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  • 16 overact — o|ver|act [ ,ouvər ækt ] verb intransitive or transitive if an actor overacts, they perform with too much energy or emotion so that their performance seems false …

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  • 17 overact — [[t]o͟ʊvəræ̱kt[/t]] overacts, overacting, overacted VERB If you say that someone overacts, you mean they exaggerate their emotions and movements, usually when acting in a play. Sometimes he had overacted in his role as Prince …

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  • 18 overact — o·ver act || ‚əʊvÉ™(r) ækt v. do something in an exaggerated manner; play a role in an exaggerated manner, overdramatize …

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  • 19 overact — verb act a role in an exaggerated manner …

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  • 20 overact — verb (I, T) to act a part in a play with too much emotion or movement …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English