Definition of understudy in English:

understudy

Syllabification: un·der·stud·y
Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌstədē
 
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noun (plural understudies)

verb (understudies, understudying, understudied)

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  • Learn (a role) or the role played by (an actor): 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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