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English definition of “underplay”

underplay

verb [T]     /ˌʌn.dəˈpleɪ/ US  /-dɚ-/
to make something such as a dangerous situation seem less important or dangerous than it really is: While not wanting to underplay the seriousness of the situation, I have to say that it is not as bad as people seem to think.Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
(Definition of underplay verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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