overact

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over- +‎ act

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overact (third-person singular simple present overacts, present participle overacting, simple past and past participle overacted)

  1. (performing arts) To act in an exaggerated manner.
    He overacted his part.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To act upon, or influence, unduly.
    • Milton
      The hope of inheritance overacts them.

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