AskDefine | Define downplay

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downplay

Verb

1 represent as less significant or important [syn: understate, minimize, minimise] [ant: overstate]
2 understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry" [syn: background, play down] [ant: foreground, foreground]

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English

Etymology

Compound of down + play.

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To de-emphasize; to present or portray something as less important or consequential.
    He would sometimes downplay his Princeton education by saying simply that he went to school in New Jersey.

Translations

to de-emphasize; to present or portray something as less important or consequential
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