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  1. understate, minimize, minimise, downplayverb

    represent as less significant or important

  2. background, play down, downplayverb

    understate the importance or quality of

    "he played down his royal ancestry"


  1. downplayverb

    To de-emphasize; to present or portray as less important or consequential.

    He would sometimes downplay his Princeton education by saying simply that he went to school in New Jersey.


  1. Downplay

    Downplay is an American rock band formed in Athens, Ohio in 2002 and now based in Columbus, Ohio. The band consists of Dustin Bates, Ron DeChant and Brian Patrick. The band has released four albums to date and is recording their major label debut with producer Dave Fortman. Their song "Hated You From Hello" was featured for Game Changer of the Year in the 2011 WWE Slammy's.

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  1. play down, playdown

  2. Play down

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of downplay in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of downplay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of downplay in a Sentence

  1. Chief Tracy Roles:

    I've never seen where there's been some sort of medical misadventure to this magnitude, but again, it could have been a lot worse. Not to downplay where we are, but thinking about where we could be, it could certainly have been very, very tragic.

  2. Fabrice Bregier:

    My mistake was perhaps to downplay a bit at the beginning of the show.

  3. Bradley Griffin:

    If anyone touches a hair on a black person, it's international news, whereas the most horrific crimes imaginable are inflicted on whites all the time, and I think the media kind of wants to downplay that.

  4. Morgan Wallen:

    There's no reason to downplay what I did. It matters and please know I'm carefully choosing my next steps in repair.

  5. Ajit Pai:

    Last week's carefully managed rollout was designed to downplay the plans of a massive intrusion in the Internet economy ... . I have now read the 332-page plan. It is worse than I had imagined.

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