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Meaning of PLAY DOWN

Pronunciation:  pley dawn

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[v]  understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry"
 Synonyms: background, downplay
 Antonyms: foreground, highlight, play up, spotlight
 See Also: accent, accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate, soft-pedal, stress, wave off



Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abate, allay, alleviate, assuage, attemper, bank the fire, bedwarf, belittle, blunt, chasten, constrain, control, damp, dampen, deaden, de-emphasize, deprecate, depreciate, detract from, diminish, downplay, dull, dwarf, extenuate, keep within bounds, lay, lenify, lessen, lighten, make light of, make little of, make nothing of, minify, minimize, mitigate, moderate, modulate, mute, obtund, palliate, reduce, reduce the temperature, restrain, set at naught, set little by, slacken, slow down, smother, sober, sober down, soften, soft-pedal, stifle, subdue, suppress, tame, temper, think little of, think nothing of, tone down, tune down, underplay, weaken