downplay

play
verb down·play \ˈdau̇n-ˌplā\

Definition of downplay

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  play down, de-emphasize

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

1954

First Known Use of downplay

1954


DOWNPLAY Defined for English Language Learners

downplay

play
verb down·play \ˈdau̇n-ˌplā\

Definition of downplay for English Language Learners

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



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