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underplay

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verb un·der·play \ˌən-dər-ˈplā\

Simple Definition of underplay

  • : to make (something) seem less important than it actually is : to give too little attention to (something)

  • : to show too little emotion when acting in a play, movie, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of underplay

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to play a role with subdued force

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to act or present (as a role or a scene) with restraint :  play down

  5. 2 :  to play a card lower than (a held high card)

Examples of underplay in a sentence

  1. Don't underplay the importance of exercise.

  2. I thought she underplayed her character.



1833

First Known Use of underplay

1833


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