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Definitions for understudy
ˈʌn dərˌstʌd iun·der·study

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. understudy, standbyverb

    an actor able to replace a regular performer when required

  2. understudy, alternateverb

    be an understudy or alternate for a role


  1. understudynoun

    a performer who understudies; a standby

  2. understudyverb

    to study or know a role to such an extent as to be able to replace the normal performer when required

  3. understudyverb

    to act as an understudy (to someone)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Understudy

    to study, as another actor's part, in order to be his substitute in an emergency; to study another actor's part

  2. Understudynoun

    one who studies another's part with a view to assuming it in an emergency


  1. Understudy

    In theater, an understudy is a performer who learns the lines and blocking/choreography of a regular actor or actress in a play. Should the regular actor or actress be unable to appear on stage because of illness or emergencies, the understudy takes over the part. Usually when the understudy takes over, the theater manager will make a relevant announcement prior to the start of the performance. In the opera world, the term cover or covering is used. More recently, the term "understudy" has generally only been applied to performers who will cover a part, but still regularly perform in another role within the show; usually a minor, extra role.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Understudy

    un′dėr-stud-i, v.t. and v.i. to study a dramatic part so as to be able to take the place of the actor playing it, if necessary.—n. an actor who prepares a part in this way.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of understudy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of understudy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of understudy in a Sentence

  1. David Axelrod:

    There may be a seductive belief that by naming a running mate, you can magically erase political deficits, but at the end of the day, voters select the person on the top of the ticket, not the understudy.

  2. Louise Sattler:

    Life is not a dress rehearsal - nor do you have an understudy.

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  • záskokCzech
  • EinspringerGerman
  • αντικαταστάτης ηθοποιούGreek
  • suplente, suplantarSpanish
  • varanäyttelijäFinnish
  • doubler, understudy, doublureFrench
  • understudyIrish
  • կրկնորդել, փոխարինել, կրկնորդիչ, փոխարինողArmenian
  • doppio, sostituireItalian
  • understudyNorwegian
  • заменя́ть, замеща́ть, дублёр, дубли́ровать, [[учитьRussian
  • سمجھوUrdu
  • 学习Chinese

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    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    • A. opaque
    • B. profound
    • C. transparent
    • D. aligned

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