Meaning of “understudy” in the English Dictionary

"understudy" in British English

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understudynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʌn.dəˌstʌd.i/ us /ˈʌn.dɚˌstʌd.i/

an actor who learns the parts of other actors in a play, so that he or she can replace them if necessary, for example if they are ill

understudy
verb [ T ] uk us

(Definition of “understudy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"understudy" in American English

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understudynoun [ C ]

us /ˈʌn·dərˌstʌd·i/

an actor or other performer who learns the parts of others in a play, opera, etc., so that he or she can replace them if necessary

(Definition of “understudy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)