verb (used with object), un·der·stud·ied, un·der·stud·y·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), un·der·stud·ied, un·der·stud·y·ing.
- to act or work as an understudy.
noun, plural un·der·stud·ies.
- a performer who learns the role of another in order to serve as a replacement if necessary.
verb -studies, -studying or -studied
- (tr) to study (a role or part) so as to be able to replace the usual actor or actress if necessary
- to act as understudy to (an actor or actress)
noun plural -studies
- an actor or actress who studies a part so as to be able to replace the usual actor or actress if necessary
- anyone who is trained to take the place of another in case of need
v.also under-study, 1852, in the theatrical sense, from under + study (v.). The noun is attested from 1848, translating Italian supplimento.