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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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