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

  • intransitive v. To act more than is necessary; to go to excess in action.
  • transitive v. To act or perform to excess; to exaggerate in acting.
  • transitive v. To act upon, or influence, unduly.

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


over- +‎ act (Wiktionary)



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