down·​play | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌplā How to pronounce downplay (audio) \
downplayed; downplaying; downplays

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Athletes often downplay their injuries. he self-deprecatingly downplays his own contributions to the festival's success
Recent Examples on the Web Despite this, ultimately the label seemed like another example of how the industry and society try to downplay a Black artist’s range, to pigeonhole them into a certain corner. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 4 Apr. 2022 That debate will test the extent to which embracing Mr. Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 election — and attempts to downplay the violence that followed — has become a new litmus test for Republican voters. New York Times, 10 Feb. 2022 Some Republican lawmakers and former President Donald Trump have attempted to downplay the violence that took place on January 6. Zachary Cohen, CNN, 27 July 2021 This also highlights the government’s efforts to downplay the total collapse and chaos during the second wave of covid-19 in April-May 2021. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 20 Apr. 2022 The business and government community in Tijuana, and more widely in Mexico, has an incentive to downplay the violence. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2022 Ukrainians has been taken by many in Ukraine as an attempt to downplay Ukrainian history and national identity. Jacob Lassin, The Conversation, 27 Jan. 2022 The case undercuts wider attempts to downplay the events of the riot by highlighting that some of those involved traveled to the Capitol specifically prepared for violence. Aj Willingham, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 Without doubt it's been irresponsible, that decision to downplay diplomatic protection. Dominic Dudley, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of downplay

1948, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Downplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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