play down


played down; playing down; plays down

transitive verb

: to attach little importance to : minimize

Examples of play down in a Sentence

out of sheer envy, she would always play down her sister's accomplishments if you play down your part in the project, you won't get the credit you deserve
Recent Examples on the Web But College Park simply wouldn’t go away as the Cougars had to make plays down the stretch to escape with a victory. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 The young guard confidently knocked down both, just one of her several critical plays down the stretch. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 In later life, Mr. Hayden played down his criminal past. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Chris Christie plays down risk to Republicans if Trump loses primary but won't leave the race On the trail, Christie, with a brash New Jersey attitude and penchant for straight-talking town halls, banked heavily on doing well in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary on Jan. 23. Kelsey Walsh, ABC News, 10 Jan. 2024 Thanks to clutch play down the stretch, the Eagles defeated the Mavericks, 54-51, Friday night. Timothy Dashiell, Baltimore Sun, 12 Jan. 2024 Even Haley herself has publicly remained focused on defeating Trump, playing down the possibility of a No. 2 role without, as opponent Ron DeSantis has often noted, definitively ruling it out. Lalee Ibssa, ABC News, 11 Jan. 2024 The couple has seemed eager to play down the incident ever since. Mark Landler, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 The second edition of the 2023 WPT World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold ‘em tournament with a $10,400 buy-in has four starting flights and plays down to a TV Final Table on Dec. 21. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of play down was in 1930

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“Play down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

play down

: to attach little importance to : minimize

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