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down·play

 (doun′plā′)
tr.v. down·played, down·play·ing, down·plays
To minimize the significance of; play down: downplayed the bad news.

downplay

(ˈdaʊnˌpleɪ)
vb
(tr) to play down; make little of

down•play

(ˈdaʊnˌpleɪ)

v.t.
to represent as unimportant, insignificant, etc.; minimize; belittle.
[1950–55]

downplay


Past participle: downplayed
Gerund: downplaying

Imperative
downplay
downplay
Present
I downplay
you downplay
he/she/it downplays
we downplay
you downplay
they downplay
Preterite
I downplayed
you downplayed
he/she/it downplayed
we downplayed
you downplayed
they downplayed
Present Continuous
I am downplaying
you are downplaying
he/she/it is downplaying
we are downplaying
you are downplaying
they are downplaying
Present Perfect
I have downplayed
you have downplayed
he/she/it has downplayed
we have downplayed
you have downplayed
they have downplayed
Past Continuous
I was downplaying
you were downplaying
he/she/it was downplaying
we were downplaying
you were downplaying
they were downplaying
Past Perfect
I had downplayed
you had downplayed
he/she/it had downplayed
we had downplayed
you had downplayed
they had downplayed
Future
I will downplay
you will downplay
he/she/it will downplay
we will downplay
you will downplay
they will downplay
Future Perfect
I will have downplayed
you will have downplayed
he/she/it will have downplayed
we will have downplayed
you will have downplayed
they will have downplayed
Future Continuous
I will be downplaying
you will be downplaying
he/she/it will be downplaying
we will be downplaying
you will be downplaying
they will be downplaying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been downplaying
you have been downplaying
he/she/it has been downplaying
we have been downplaying
you have been downplaying
they have been downplaying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been downplaying
you will have been downplaying
he/she/it will have been downplaying
we will have been downplaying
you will have been downplaying
they will have been downplaying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been downplaying
you had been downplaying
he/she/it had been downplaying
we had been downplaying
you had been downplaying
they had been downplaying
Conditional
I would downplay
you would downplay
he/she/it would downplay
we would downplay
you would downplay
they would downplay
Past Conditional
I would have downplayed
you would have downplayed
he/she/it would have downplayed
we would have downplayed
you would have downplayed
they would have downplayed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.downplay - represent as less significant or importantdownplay - represent as less significant or important
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
trivialise, trivialize - make trivial or insignificant; "Don't trivialize the seriousness of the issue!"
2.downplay - understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry"
wave off - dismiss as insignificant; "He waved off suggestions of impropriety"
soft-pedal - play down or obscure; "His advisers soft-pedaled the president's blunder"
accent, accentuate, emphasize, stress, punctuate, emphasise - to stress, single out as important; "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

downplay

verb soft-pedal, play down The government are trying to downplay the violence which broke out yesterday.
Translations

downplay

[ˈdaʊnˈpleɪ] VTquitar importancia a, restar importancia a

downplay

[ˌdaʊnˈpleɪ] vt (= play down) [+ fact, feature] → minimiser; [+ importance] → minimiser

downplay

[ˈdaʊnˌpleɪ] vt (Am) → minimizzare
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