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English verb: downplay

1. downplay (communication) represent as less significant or important

Synonymsminimise, minimize, understate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)inform

Narrower (hyponym)trivialise, trivialize

Antonymsexaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, overstate, amplify, magnify, overdraw

2. downplay (change) understate the importance or quality of

SamplesHe played down his royal ancestry.

Synonymsbackground, play down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accent, accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate, stress

Narrower (hyponym)soft-pedal, wave off

Antonymsforeground, highlight, play up, spotlight

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