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overact

[oh-ver-akt] /ˌoʊ vərˈækt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to act in an exaggerated manner.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; over- + act
Related forms
overaction, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for over act

overact

/ˌəʊvərˈækt/
verb
1.
to act or behave in an exaggerated manner, as in a theatrical production Also overplay
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Word Origin and History for over act

overact

v.

1610s, "to go too far in action," from over- + act (v.). Meaning "to play a part with too much emphasis, to chew the scenery" is from 1630s. Related: Overacted; overacting.

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