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v. un·der·played, un·der·play·ing, un·der·plays
1. To act (a role) subtly or with restraint.
2. To present or deal with subtly or with restraint; play down.
1. To act a role subtly or with restraint.
2. Games To play a low card while holding a higher card in the same suit.
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1. (Theatre) to play (a role) with restraint or subtlety
2. to achieve (an effect) by deliberate lack of emphasis
3. (Card Games) (intr) cards to lead or follow suit with a lower card when holding a higher one
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un•der•play(ˌʌn dərˈpleɪ, ˈʌn dərˌpleɪ)
1. to play (a part or scene) subtly and with restraint.
2. to play (a part) sketchily.
3. to understate or de-emphasize; downplay.v.i.
4. to underplay a part or scene.
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Past participle: underplayed
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|Verb||1.||underplay - act (a role) with great restraint|
|2.||underplay - play a card lower than (a held high card)|
play - bet or wager (money); "He played $20 on the new horse"; "She plays the races"
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
underplay[ˌʌndərˈpleɪ] vt (British) → minimiser
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
underplay[ˌʌndəˈpleɪ] vt → minimizzare
to underplay a role (Theatre) → recitare una parte con misura
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995