un•der•stud•yPronunciation: (un'dur-stud"ē), [key]
—v., -stud•ied, -stud•y•ing,
—n., pl. -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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