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understudy

un·der·stud·y

understudy

pronunciation:
uhn dr stuh di
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: understudied, understudies, understudying
definition 1: to learn the role or function of so as to be able to substitute for (usu. an actor in a play).
definition 2: to learn (usu. a role in a play) so as to be able to replace another person.
similar words:
learn, practice, study
 
part of speech: noun
inflections: understudies
definition: one who has learned the role or function of, and can substitute for, another person, usu. in a play.
synonyms:
stand-in
similar words:
alternate, backup, replacement, sub, substitute