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un•der•stud•y



Pronunciation: (un'dur-stud"ē), [key]
v., -stud•ied, -stud•y•ing,
n., pl. -stud•ies.


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.
to act or work as an understudy.

n.
a performer who learns the role of another in order to serve as a replacement if necessary.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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