verb (used with or without object)

to act in an exaggerated manner.

Origin of overact

First recorded in 1605–15; over- + act
Related formso·ver·ac·tion, noun
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to act or behave in an exaggerated manner, as in a theatrical productionAlso: overplay
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Word Origin and History for overact

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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