verb (used with object), un·der·stud·ied, un·der·stud·y·ing.
verb (used without object), un·der·stud·ied, un·der·stud·y·ing.
noun, plural un·der·stud·ies.
Examples from the Web for understudy
Some are now calling DSK's faux pas “a kiss of death” for Aubry as it makes her seem like no more than his understudy.
Since then the younger son, James, has stepped forward to understudy.
From Katie Holmes to Anne Hathaway, see our picks for her understudy.
He booked his first audition for understudy in the Tony-award-winning Thoroughly Modern Millie.
I told you last week to engage an understudy for the women's parts, and you haven't done it.Harlequin and Columbine|Booth Tarkington
"Let your understudy take your part to-night, while we think, and work," I suggested.The Powers and Maxine|Charles Norris Williamson
With the first and second officers on duty, and the Captain aboard, my routine was more or less that of an understudy.Brigands of the Moon|Ray Cummings
Taylor, who had watched rather anxiously Todd's progress, smiled easily at the success of his understudy.Acton's Feud|Frederick Swainson
At last, after twenty years of yearning from the wings, chance did rush him on as an understudy.Nonsenseorship|G. G. Putnam and Others