Meaning of “downplay” in the English Dictionary

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"downplay" in British English

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downplayverb [ T ]

uk /ˌdaʊnˈpleɪ/ us /ˌdaʊnˈpleɪ/

to make something seem less important or less bad than it really is:

The government has been trying to downplay the crisis.

(Definition of “downplay” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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downplayverb [ T ]

us /ˈdɑʊnˌpleɪ/

to make something seem less important or not as bad as it really is:

The mayor is trying to downplay the crisis.

(Definition of “downplay” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)