Definition of underplay
: to play a role with subdued force
1 : to act or present (a role, a scene, etc.) with restraint : play down
2 : to play a card lower than (a held high card)
Examples of underplay in a Sentence
Don't underplay the importance of exercise.
I thought she underplayed her character.
Recent Examples of underplay from the Web
The protective love for his daughter, Miranda, also is underplayed.
Shannon Cochran, a terrific dramatic actress, played the role of Nora in a production directed by Shelley Butler that underplayed the comedy.
The groups also pointed to Japanese history books which underplay the country's war crimes.
Many believe Ennahda has become a kind of self-emasculating giant, underplaying a strong political hand to enable counterrevolutionary resurgence.
Wang makes the day-to-day economics fully felt through well-chosen, underplayed details.
Zinoman underplays the cultural and political significance of Leno’s monologue, which was required reading among politicos.
This almost psychoanalytic approach underplays complex power dynamics between the colonizers and the colonized.
In his abbreviated account, Judis underplays how often left-wing economic populism has curdled into right-wing racist populism.
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UNDERPLAY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of underplay for English Language Learners
: to make (something) seem less important than it actually is : to give too little attention to (something)
: to show too little emotion when acting in a play, movie, etc.
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