from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To study or know (a role) so as to be able to replace the regular performer when required.
- transitive v. To act as an understudy to.
- intransitive v. To be engaged in studying a role so as to be able to replace the regular performer when required.
- n. A performer who understudies.
- n. A person trained to do the work of another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to study or know a role to such an extent as to be able to replace the normal performer when required
- v. to act as an understudy (to someone)
- n. a performer who understudies; a standby
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who studies another's part with a view to assuming it in an emergency.
- v. To study, as another actor's part, in order to be his substitute in an emergency; to study another actor's part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To memorize (a part) as an understudy.
- n. Theat., one who has made a special study of a particular part, and is capable of playing that part at a moment's notice in the absence of the actor or actress to whom it is usually assigned.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
- v. be an understudy or alternate for a role
With Almunia rated doubtful for Sunday's trip to Stamford Bridge, his former understudy is on stand-by.
If he dies or explodes in scandal, Hannity or some other understudy is waiting in the wings.
Bridge has been the long-term understudy to Ashley Cole for England's left-back position, and with the Chelsea defender ruled out for three months after breaking his ankle at Everton on Wednesday would seem to be first in line to take his place in the team.
He had carefully coached Miss Francklyn to play the part of unsuspected "understudy" -- Susan saw that before they had been seated in Jack's ten minutes.
I've also been a last-minute 'understudy' - once up at
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The classic rock band Yes, which was forced to cancel their 40th anniversary tour this year due to the illness of its lead singer, has decided to relaunch the tour with an "understudy" -- a Yes tribute band singer.
Her understudy was a little sassy pants with a face full of braces named Jillian Highsmith.
This time, her understudy is her own student, the prodigiously talented Chunlai.
Barber backed up Julius Jones the last several years, but the understudy was the star.
"understudy" -- Susan saw that before they had been seated in
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