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

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British officials spent the weekend trying to do damage control after the messages leaked, as their White House counterparts downplayed Darroch's comments. Nick Thompson, CNN, "Boris Johnson refuses to rule out firing ambassador who criticized Trump," 9 July 2019 The lawsuit alleges that the defendants downplayed the dangers of opioids and engaged in schemes that increased the number of opioids present in La Paz County, which is just west of Maricopa County. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "La Paz County sues opioid manufacturers and distributors in Arizona court," 5 July 2019 People close to the national security adviser downplayed the significance of any differences between Bolton and the president, saying Bolton's not worried. NBC News, "Bolton the hawk struggles to retain his influence with Trump," 3 July 2019 And the producers aren’t helping Hannah or the other contestants deal with him, choosing instead to roll the cameras and downplay their own part in the drama. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How 'The Bachelorette' Rewards Toxic Masculinity," 1 July 2019 However, other campaigns downplayed the idea that their candidates would attack Biden. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper will be searching for a moment at the first Democratic presidential debates," 27 June 2019 Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has heaped praise on Liverpool stalwart James Milner, hailing the versatile midfielder as 'one of the best' while surprisingly downplaying the importance of stars like Lionel Messi and Neymar., "Ex-Man Utd Boss Louis van Gaal Names Liverpool Star as Ultimate Team Player Over Lionel Messi," 25 June 2019 The first comes from downplaying the 737 MAX’s problems, which carries legal risks. The Economist, "Boeing’s boss wins a reprieve, not redemption," 21 June 2019 Not to mention, the video is extremely shady, downplaying BTS' talent and influence. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The BTS Army is Not Happy After an Australian News Station Aired an Offensive Segment About the Group," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of downplay

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of downplay was in 1948

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English Language Learners Definition of downplay

: to make (something) seem smaller or less important

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