What does play up mean?

Definitions for play up

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word play up.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. foreground, highlight, spotlight, play up(verb)

    move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

    "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics"

  2. cozy up, cotton up, shine up, play up, sidle up, suck up(verb)

    ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior

    "She is playing up to the chairman"


  1. play up(Verb)

    To misbehave

  2. play up(Verb)

    To make or attempt to make something appear more important, likely or obvious; to showcase or highlight


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of play up in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of play up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rickie Fowler:

    It's amazing, we obviously look at this as one of the biggest tournaments we play, up against the majors.

  2. Architect Carson Arthur:

    When you enclose a small space even more, you play up its coziness and make it intimate, something that’s hard to achieve with large spaces, this also takes it to the next level of feeling like an outdoor room.

  3. Doug Jones:

    It’s important to play up the racial hatred as the genesis of this crime so people are reminded what hate can really do in our society, people need to understand that hate is more than screaming at people and racial slurs. It kills.

  4. Christopher Dearborn:

    They will continue to downplay his role and play up the role of his older brother, trying to create the impression that his older brother was the puppeteer and he was the puppet, i don't think they have any hope of prevailing in the guilt phase, but their strategy will continue to be to gain some credibility with the jury by conceding what they had to concede and hoping to try to humanize the kid a little bit so that will carry over into the second phase of the trial.

Images & Illustrations of play up

  1. play upplay upplay up


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