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Related to downplay: play down
tr.v. down·played, down·play·ing, down·plays
To minimize the significance of; play down: downplayed the bad news.
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(tr) to play down; make little of
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to represent as unimportant, insignificant, etc.; minimize; belittle.
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Past participle: downplayed
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|Verb||1.||downplay - represent as less significant or important|
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
|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"
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verb soft-pedal, play down The government are trying to downplay the violence which broke out yesterday.
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downplay[ˈdaʊnˌpleɪ] vt (Am) → minimizzare
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