Definition of understudy verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

understudy

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈʌndəstʌdi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌndərstʌdi//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they understudy
BrE BrE//ˈʌndəstʌdi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌndərstʌdi//
 
he / she / it understudies
BrE BrE//ˈʌndəstʌdiz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌndərstʌdiz//
 
past simple understudied
BrE BrE//ˈʌndəstʌdid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌndərstʌdid//
 
past participle understudied
BrE BrE//ˈʌndəstʌdid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌndərstʌdid//
 
-ing form understudying
BrE BrE//ˈʌndəstʌdiɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌndərstʌdiɪŋ//
 
 
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(understudies, understudying, understudied, understudied) understudy somebody/something to learn a part in a play as an understudy; to act as an understudy to somebody She once understudied Marilyn Monroe. He once understudied Laurence Olivier as Malvolio.
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