[oh-ver-akt] /ˌoʊ vərˈækt/

verb (used with or without object)
to in an exaggerated manner.
to act or behave in an exaggerated manner, as in a theatrical production Also overplay

1610s, “to go too far in action,” from over- + act (v.). Meaning “to play a part with too much emphasis, to chew the scenery” is from 1630s. Related: Overacted; overacting.


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