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Definition of understudy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

understudy

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NAmE//ˈʌndərˌstʌdi//
 
(pl. understudies) understudy (to somebody)
 
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an actor who learns the part of another actor in a play so that they can play that part if necessary She worked as an understudy to Meryl Streep.
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