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

Examples of downplay in a Sentence

Athletes often downplay their injuries. he self-deprecatingly downplays his own contributions to the festival's success
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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of downplay was in 1948

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“Downplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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