verb (used with object)
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Arthur Chu|July 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, she fouled out by trying to defend Obama and downplay the deportation crisis.
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!|Nico Hines|February 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST