overact

[ oh-ver-akt ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈækt /
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verb (used with or without object)

to act in an exaggerated manner.

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Origin of overact

First recorded in 1605–15; over- + act

OTHER WORDS FROM overact

o·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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