Definition of downplay verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    downplay

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈdaʊnpleɪ//
     
    downplay somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they downplay
     
    he / she / it downplays
     
    past simple downplayed
     
    -ing form downplaying
     
     
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  1. 1to make people think that something is less important than it really is synonym play down
  2. 2 The coach is downplaying the team's poor performance.
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