downplay

verb down·play \ ˈdau̇n-ˌplā \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of downplay

transitive verb

Examples of downplay in a Sentence

  1. Athletes often downplay their injuries.

  2. he self-deprecatingly downplays his own contributions to the festival's success

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First Known Use of downplay

1954


DOWNPLAY Defined for English Language Learners

downplay

verb

Definition of downplay for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) seem smaller or less important



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