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English verb: play up

1. play up (change) move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

SamplesThe introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics.

Synonymsforeground, highlight, spotlight

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

Broader (hypernym)bring out, set off

Antonymsbackground, play down, downplay

2. play up (emotion) ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior

SamplesShe is playing up to the chairman.

Synonymscotton up, cozy up, shine up, sidle up, suck up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)ingratiate

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