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  • adjective Insufficiently studied.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of understudy.


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under- +‎ studied


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  • Of course, all the important parts in a play are "understudied"; that is, some other actor or actress than the principal has learned the lines and "business" so, in case the latter is taken ill, the play can go on, after a fashion.

    The Moving Picture Girls First Appearances in Photo Dramas Laura Lee Hope

  • In addition, research should include "understudied" diseases, such as lupus and epilepsy, and examine the effects of exercises that are perhaps not as widely used, such as resistant training, they say. 2010

  • Mr. Brands paints a vivid portrait of both this understudied age and those industrialists still introduced by high-school teachers as "robber barons" — Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan.

    An Age of Creative Destruction Amity Shlaes 2010

  • He has been prepared for it, having understudied for a couple of years.

    Louisville - Team Notes 2010

  • Ms. Carpio has performed or understudied all three female leads in the production, including Mary Jane Watson and Miss Arrow of the "Geek Chorus" of narrators.

    'Spidey' Villain Awaits Her Fate Erica Orden 2011

  • He has been prepared for it, having understudied for a couple of years.

    Big East Conference 2010

  • Later that year, he understudied Anthony Quinn in the Chicago production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

    Five People Born on February 18 | myFiveBest 2010

  • Youth report sexual solicitation of minors by minors more frequently, but these incidents, too, are understudied, underreported to law enforcement, and not part of most conversations about online safety. Debunking Hysteria About Online 'Predators' 2009

  • It's no coincidence, Mr. Early observes, that when Michael Vick returned to football after serving time in prison for his link to a dog-fighting ring, he did sowith the Eagles, where he understudied for a season with Mr. McNabb as a role model.

    When It Was More Than a Game Doug Glanville 2011

  • A host of wild animals, from chimps to bats, rodents, and birds, have transmitted viruses to humans, and yet wildlife has been largely understudied when compared with domesticated animals like pigs and cattle, says Predict director Stephen Morse, a pioneering expert in zoonoses at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

    Animal Instincts 2010


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