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understudynoun [C]

uk   /ˈʌn.dəˌstʌd.i/  us   /-dɚ-/
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)

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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)
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