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Related to underplay: downplay

un·der·play

 (ŭn′dər-plā′, ŭn′dər-plā′)
v. un·der·played, un·der·play·ing, un·der·plays
v.tr.
1. To act (a role) subtly or with restraint.
2. To present or deal with subtly or with restraint; play down.
v.intr.
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.

underplay

(ˌʌndəˈpleɪ)
vb
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

un•der•play

(ˌʌn dərˈpleɪ, ˈʌn dərˌpleɪ)

v.t.
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.
[1725–35]

underplay


Past participle: underplayed
Gerund: underplaying

Imperative
underplay
underplay
Present
I underplay
you underplay
he/she/it underplays
we underplay
you underplay
they underplay
Preterite
I underplayed
you underplayed
he/she/it underplayed
we underplayed
you underplayed
they underplayed
Present Continuous
I am underplaying
you are underplaying
he/she/it is underplaying
we are underplaying
you are underplaying
they are underplaying
Present Perfect
I have underplayed
you have underplayed
he/she/it has underplayed
we have underplayed
you have underplayed
they have underplayed
Past Continuous
I was underplaying
you were underplaying
he/she/it was underplaying
we were underplaying
you were underplaying
they were underplaying
Past Perfect
I had underplayed
you had underplayed
he/she/it had underplayed
we had underplayed
you had underplayed
they had underplayed
Future
I will underplay
you will underplay
he/she/it will underplay
we will underplay
you will underplay
they will underplay
Future Perfect
I will have underplayed
you will have underplayed
he/she/it will have underplayed
we will have underplayed
you will have underplayed
they will have underplayed
Future Continuous
I will be underplaying
you will be underplaying
he/she/it will be underplaying
we will be underplaying
you will be underplaying
they will be underplaying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been underplaying
you have been underplaying
he/she/it has been underplaying
we have been underplaying
you have been underplaying
they have been underplaying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been underplaying
you will have been underplaying
he/she/it will have been underplaying
we will have been underplaying
you will have been underplaying
they will have been underplaying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been underplaying
you had been underplaying
he/she/it had been underplaying
we had been underplaying
you had been underplaying
they had been underplaying
Conditional
I would underplay
you would underplay
he/she/it would underplay
we would underplay
you would underplay
they would underplay
Past Conditional
I would have underplayed
you would have underplayed
he/she/it would have underplayed
we would have underplayed
you would have underplayed
they would have underplayed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.underplay - act (a role) with great restraintunderplay - act (a role) with great restraint  
dramatic art, dramaturgy, theater, theatre, dramatics - the art of writing and producing plays
playact, roleplay, act, play - perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"
2.underplay - play a card lower than (a held high card)underplay - play a card lower than (a held high card)
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
play - bet or wager (money); "He played $20 on the new horse"; "She plays the races"
Translations

underplay

[ˈʌndəˈpleɪ]
A. VT
1. (= play down) [+ importance] → minimizar; [+ issue] → quitar or restar importancia a
2. (Theat) to underplay a parthacer flojamente un papel
B. VI (Theat) → hacer flojamente su papel, estar muy flojo en su papel

underplay

[ˌʌndərˈpleɪ] vt (British)minimiser

underplay

[ˌʌndəˈpleɪ] vtminimizzare
to underplay a role (Theatre) → recitare una parte con misura
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