overact

[ oh-ver-akt ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈækt /

verb (used with or without object)

to act in an exaggerated manner.

Nearby words

  1. over-under,
  2. over-use,
  3. over-wind,
  4. overabundance,
  5. overachieve,
  6. overactive,
  7. overage,
  8. overaggressive,
  9. overall,
  10. overalls

Origin of overact

First recorded in 1605–15; over- + act

Related formso·ver·ac·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for overact

overact

/ (ˌəʊvərˈækt) /

verb

to act or behave in an exaggerated manner, as in a theatrical productionAlso: overplay
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Word Origin and History for overact

overact

v.

1610s, "to go too far in action," from over- + act (v.). Meaning "to play a part with too much emphasis, to chew the scenery" is from 1630s. Related: Overacted; overacting.

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