from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To act (a dramatic role) with unnecessary exaggeration.
- intransitive v. To exaggerate a role; overplay.
- intransitive v. To act over and above what is required; overdo in acting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To act in an exaggerated manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To act or perform to excess; to exaggerate in acting.
- transitive v. To act upon, or influence, unduly.
- intransitive v. To act more than is necessary; to go to excess in action.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To act so that the acting is overdone; act (a part) in an extravagant or unnatural manner.
- To over-influence; act upon unduly.
- To act more than is necessary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. exaggerate one's acting
While his later tendency to overact is sometimes apparent, young pre-Star Trek Shatner is, dare I say, rather dashing.
But Tarun (who directed Thimuru and Kaalai) has to learn not to overact, which is apparent in one of the scenes.
In fact, he suggested political leaders were better to "overact" than "underact" when it comes to speeding stimulus money out the door.
OTTAWA - In deciding to cut overall government spending next year, Alberta appears to be moving in its own direction, ignoring advice Prime Minister Stephen Harper was dispensing to European nations last week to "overact" when it comes to stimulus spending.
"overact" to the above 2 percent target, and added that inflation will likely slow on budget cuts.
"overact" the Carnival of Venice by requiring everyone to wear masks while walking down the street.
But, sorry, JIm "Jesus" Caviezel doesn't have a fraction of the cool of Patrick McGoohan, the only man who could ever overact but do it subtly.
But Department spokesperson Ann Mueller cautioned the public to not overact to the figures because they include salaries of people who mow picnic grounds or plant sunflowers in dove fields at "multiple-use" game propagation facilities.
Parents shouldn't overact, even if kids have a rocky transition.
Lavin -- who was exceptional and didn't overact for a moment -- nonetheless almost tilted the show towards her secondary character.