- to act in an exaggerated manner.
Origin of overact
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Related Words for overactoverdo, exaggerate, overstate, overuse, overemphasize, maximize, magnify, stretch, dramatize, accent, overwork, mug, accentuate, hyperbolize, overdraw, overact, overstress, overextend, overplay, act
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Historical Examples of overact
I saw Mrs. Drew play Mrs. Malaprop, and it was a lesson to people who overact.
- to act or behave in an exaggerated manner, as in a theatrical productionAlso: overplay
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