To act in an understated manner or with little expressiveness

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  • Underact — Un der*act , v. t. To perform inefficiently, as a play; to act feebly. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • underact — [un΄dərakt′] vt., vi. 1. to act (a theatrical role) with insufficient emphasis or too great restraint 2. UNDERPLAY (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • underact — Date: circa 1623 transitive verb to perform (a dramatic part) with restraint for effect ; underplay intransitive verb to perform feebly or with restraint …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • underact — underactor, n. /un deuhr akt /, v.t., v.i. to underplay. [1615 25; UNDER + ACT] * * * …   Universalium

  • underact — un·der act || ‚ʌndÉ™(r) ækt v. act with too much restraint; underplay …   English contemporary dictionary

  • underact — verb act a part in a play or film in an overly restrained or unemotional way …   English new terms dictionary

  • underact — un•der•act [[t]ˌʌn dərˈækt[/t]] v. t. v. i. underplay 1), underplay 2), underplay 4) • Etymology: 1615–25 un der•ac′tor, n …   From formal English to slang

  • underact — /ʌndərˈækt/ (say unduhr akt) verb (t) 1. to act (a part, as in a play) with a lack of dramatic quality. –verb (i) 2. to act in an excessively restrained style …  

  • underact — v. 1 tr. act (a part etc.) with insufficient force. 2 intr. act a part in this way …   Useful english dictionary

  • un|der|play — «UHN duhr PLAY», transitive verb, intransitive verb. = underact. (Cf. ↑underact) …   Useful english dictionary

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