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Noun: understudy  'ún-du(r),stú-dee
  1. An actor able to replace a regular performer when required
    - standby
Verb: understudy  'ún-du(r),stú-dee
  1. Be an understudy or alternate for a role
    - alternate

Derived forms: understudied, understudies, understudying

Type of: actor, con [archaic], histrion, learn, memorise [Brit], memorize, player, role player, thespian

Encyclopedia: Understudy