underplay

verb un·der·play \ ˌən-dər-ˈplā \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of underplay

intransitive verb
: to play a role with subdued force
transitive verb
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

  1. Don't underplay the importance of exercise.

  2. I thought she underplayed her character.

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First Known Use of underplay

1833


UNDERPLAY Defined for English Language Learners

underplay

verb

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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