Definition of overact in English:


See synonyms for overact

Translate overact into Spanish

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • (of an actor) act a role in an exaggerated manner.

    ‘a weepy actress with a strong tendency to overact’
    • ‘Dahl's caricatures could eclipse a production when performed by a cast of skilled actors allowed to overact to their hearts' content, as is the case here.’
    • ‘Everyone overacts in roles that are as unlikable as they are shallow.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, its comedy potential is sapped from the start by overacting and exaggerated direction.’
    • ‘Her lack of theater training shows (in a good way) because she is one of the few actors who doesn't overact.’
    • ‘And the young actress doesn't rely on hysterics and overacting (as others might) to convey Maria's desperation.’
    • ‘The two boys also put in solid performances, tearing into their roles with the necessary gusto without ever overacting.’
    • ‘It's great fun watching Pacino tear into this role, knowingly and calculatingly overacting.’
    • ‘These poorly-articulated frog suits leave the actors inside with little choice but to overact and gesticulate.’
    • ‘It really opened up my eyes to the potential of theater, because I had always thought that theater was sort of like a bad movie, where you just sat in a balcony and watched tiny little figures move around overacting.’
    • ‘Her overacting and close-ups do not exactly compliment her either.’
    • ‘This star-packed movie is oppressed with overwriting and overacting.’
    • ‘Indeed, although there were people there, nobody seemed stressed, and nobody seemed to be overacting.’
    • ‘The web-slinging and the dizzying scenes from the heights of New York City plus William Defoe's amazing ability to overact to the point of absurdity all made this movie great fun.’
    • ‘Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, two actors I don't like very much, perform convincingly and, more important, don't overact and chew the scenery.’
    • ‘But unless you're a huge fan of the Wayans and their ability to overact, you should probably hold on to your money.’
    • ‘At times, they do tend to overact or appear patronizing to viewers.’
    exaggerate, overdo it, overplay it
    View synonyms



/ˌōvərˈak(t)/ /ˌoʊvərˈæk(t)/