- to treat or speak of (something) so as to reduce emphasis on its importance, value, strength, etc.: The press has downplayed the president's role in the negotiations.
Origin of downplay
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Examples from the Web for downplay
Hagel sought to downplay any rift in a statement to Defense Department employees.Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary’s Sudden Firing
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
November 24, 2014
Even people from the “nicest” parts of the country try to downplay that “niceness.”Cleveland Comes Crawling Back to LeBron: The Masochism of Rust Belt Chic
July 15, 2014
Instead, she fouled out by trying to defend Obama and downplay the deportation crisis.Hillary Clinton’s Latino Problem
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
June 24, 2014
There have also been accusations that the U.S. network sought to downplay climate change in the shows.Sir David Attenborough: Enough With the Creationists and Climate Change Deniers!
February 11, 2014
The controversy did, however, motivate publishers to downplay evolution in their public school textbooks.Creationism’s Latest Trojan Horse Edges Toward Virginia Schools
Karl W. Giberson
January 19, 2014
- (tr) to play down; make little of
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Word Origin and History for downplay
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