Definition of downplay verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

downplay

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈpleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈpleɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they downplay
BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈpleɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈpleɪ//
 
he / she / it downplays
BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈpleɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈpleɪz//
 
past simple downplayed
BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈpleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈpleɪd//
 
past participle downplayed
BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈpleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈpleɪd//
 
-ing form downplaying
BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈpleɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈpleɪɪŋ//
 
 
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downplay something to make people think that something is less important than it really is synonym play down The coach is downplaying the team's poor performance.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: downplay