overact overact  /ˈoʊ və ˌrækt/


  • (v) exaggerate one's acting



  1. Characteristically, Havel's main stage direction during the play is to tell his actors not to overact.
  2. My part wasn't going well because the director wanted me to overact.
  3. Al Lettieri, as a hamhanded, slow-talking killer, and Sally Struthers, as a giggly little moll, both overact, in contrast to McQueen and MacGraw, who do not act at all.


  1. UK's Mirror group investigated over phone hacking

    LONDON (AP) — The publisher of Britain's Sunday Mirror tabloid said Thursday it is being investigated by police over alleged phone hacking — the first confirmation that publishers, as well as journalists, could face charges over the misbehavior that has tarred the country's newspaper business.
    on September 12, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Over 2M Dehumidifiers Recalled, Reports of Fires

    CPSC: More than 2M dehumidifiers recalled after reports of fires and over $2M in damage        
    on September 12, 2013     Source: ABC News

  3. Over 1,200 Hackers Are Attending MHacks At University Of Michigan's Stadium This Month

    On September 20th, over 1,200 "hackers" will be converging in the luxury suites at the University of Michigan football stadium, known as The Big House, from over 100 different universities to compete for $25,000 in prizes as part of a hackathon event series called MHacks. A hackathon is an event where developers that have creative ideas come together and build a prototype in a short period of ...
    on September 11, 2013     Source: Forbes


  1. "Sometimes you must restrict players to what their job is on the pitch," said Hiddink. "Sometimes they overdo it or overact. When you tell them their basic jobs and focus on their qualities you are making one step ahead. We focused on...
    on Feb 23, 2009 By: Guus Hiddink Source: Irish Times

  2. "Civility is at a pretty low ebb," retiring Sen. Trent Lott, the Senate's second-ranking Republican, told Fox News on Wednesday. "And the Democrats overpromised and tried to overact. You can't do that, particularly in the Senate. The Senate...
    on Dec 19, 2007 By: Trent Lott Source: The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

  3. "Sasha did a little bit of acting," Anthony said. "I didn't mean to do it. I hope people don't overact, it wasn't intentionally."
    on Nov 30, 2007 By: Carmelo Anthony Source: HoopsWorld

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