noun (plural understudies)
(In the theater) a person who learns another’s role in order to be able to act as a replacement at short notice.
- We should've just gotten an understudy for her role!
- They don't have an understudy to take that role right now.
- I was his understudy for a few years and I tried to learn as much as I could from him.
verb (understudies, understudying, understudied)[with object]
Learn (a role) or the role played by (an actor): he had to understudy Prospero
More example sentences
- Amy played Christine in the Millennium tour of Phantom, when she was understudying the role.
- Brian said: ‘It puts her in a good place for understudying the lead roles and if things work out well she could find herself going on for a principal before too long.’
- He will understudy his successor who has an important role behind the scenes on the tour.
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