understudy

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under- +‎ study

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understudy (third-person singular simple present understudies, present participle understudying, simple past and past participle understudied)

  1. to study or know a role to such an extent as to be able to replace the normal performer when required
  2. to act as an understudy (to someone)
  3. to act in a similar manner to some known person.
    • 1935 Owen Conquest 'Morny's Master Stroke' That lean gentleman had apparently understudied Pharaoh of old and hardened his heart.

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understudy (plural understudies)

  1. a performer who understudies; a standby

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