Definition of understudy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʌndəstʌdi

noun (plural understudies)

verb (understudies, understudying, understudied)

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  • Study (a role or actor) as an understudy: he had to understudy Prospero
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    • 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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