Meaning of understudy
Pronunciation: (un'dur-stud"ē), [key]
— v., n., pl. -stud•ied, -stud•y•ing, -stud•ies.
- to learn (a role) in order to replace the regular actor or actress when necessary.
- to act as understudy to (an actor or actress): to understudy the lead.
- to act or work as an understudy.
- a performer who learns the role of another in order to serve as a replacement if necessary.
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