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
Horn alleges that Huddle and Brown were out to get him because their agencies were trying to underplay Burma’s anti-drug efforts to Congress and the White House.
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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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