Definitions

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  • adj. Insufficiently studied.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of understudy.

Etymologies

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under- +‎ studied

Examples

  • Of course, all the important parts in a play are "understudied"; that is, some other actor or actress than the principal has learned the lines and "business" so, in case the latter is taken ill, the play can go on, after a fashion.

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  • In addition, research should include "understudied" diseases, such as lupus and epilepsy, and examine the effects of exercises that are perhaps not as widely used, such as resistant training, they say.

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  • Youth report sexual solicitation of minors by minors more frequently, but these incidents, too, are understudied, underreported to law enforcement, and not part of most conversations about online safety.

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  • He has been prepared for it, having understudied for a couple of years.

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  • Later that year, he understudied Anthony Quinn in the Chicago production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

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  • It's no coincidence, Mr. Early observes, that when Michael Vick returned to football after serving time in prison for his link to a dog-fighting ring, he did sowith the Eagles, where he understudied for a season with Mr. McNabb as a role model.

    When It Was More Than a Game

  • Ms. Carpio has performed or understudied all three female leads in the production, including Mary Jane Watson and Miss Arrow of the "Geek Chorus" of narrators.

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  • Mr. Brands paints a vivid portrait of both this understudied age and those industrialists still introduced by high-school teachers as "robber barons" — Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan.

    An Age of Creative Destruction

  • A host of wild animals, from chimps to bats, rodents, and birds, have transmitted viruses to humans, and yet wildlife has been largely understudied when compared with domesticated animals like pigs and cattle, says Predict director Stephen Morse, a pioneering expert in zoonoses at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

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  • It was there he understudied for "The Phantom," a role he later played in New York City as a professional opera singer.

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