[ US /ˈdaʊnˌpɫeɪ/ ]
[ UK /dˈa‍ʊnple‍ɪ/ ]
  1. understate the importance or quality of
    he played down his royal ancestry
  2. represent as less significant or important
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How To Use downplay In A Sentence

  • No right-thinking person wants to downplay this problem or its implications.
  • Collider called the reshoots "extensive," while FOX downplayed them, saying that the reshoots were always planned and telling Today on ReelzChannel - Videos
  • It is nice to get a bit of the "other side" of the story ... my version of World History taught in freshman year of High School, al; though not strictly anti-Catholic, nevertheless really downplayed the accomplishments of the Church. Weird Things
  • And aren't we furious when we find out that people like the engineers at the Deepwater Horizon oilrig, have downplayed the dangers? Lise Van Susteren: Psychic Pains and Spilled Oil
  • The original had a thin premise and an anorexic plot, but delivered brilliantly choreographed fight scenes and downplayed gun violence.
  • They downplay, or justify, the proliferation of white supremacist - tinged paramilitary groups, police violence, and racial profiling.
  • There's also a tendency I think to downplay, or forget, or make light of just how scurrilous and damaging a charge this was.
  • The Democratic party is just as corrupt as the Republican party, the only difference is that Democrats have the mainstream media that will downplay and coverup all their greed and corruptness. McMahon says WWE antics not a liability to Senate run
  • It would be irresponsible for me to downplay the magnitude of this crisis or assure you that everything is under control.
  • Military doctrine of the time emphasized massed rifle fire, downplaying marksmanship.
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