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

 

overact

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈækt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overact
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈækt//
 
he / she / it overacts
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈækts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈækts//
 
past simple overacted
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈæktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈæktɪd//
 
past participle overacted
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈæktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈæktɪd//
 
-ing form overacting
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈæktɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈæktɪŋ//
 
Producing a play
 
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[intransitive, transitive] overact (something) (disapproving) to behave in a way that is exaggerated and not natural, especially when you are acting a part in a play See related entries: Producing a play
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: overact