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Definition of the verb downplay

What does downplay mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: downplayed | downplaying | downplays

  1. represent as less significant or important
  2. understate the importance or quality of

Alternative definition of the verb downplay


  1. [transitive] To de-emphasize; to present or portray as less important or consequential.


Downplay is an American rock band formed in Athens, Ohio in 2002 and now based in Columbus, Ohio. The band consists of Dustin Bates, Ron DeChant and Brian Patrick. The band has released four albums to date and is recording their major label debut with producer Dave Fortman.

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Google previewGuerilla Guide to Brain Tumors (2007)

Shameless Dirty Tricks to Beat the System and Stay Alive! by Skip Goebel

Downplay is a very important word here. When someone finds out you have a brain tumor, you need to quickly turn that around by nonchalantly explaining that its no big deal and what you actually have is a simple cyst that is causing a neural ...

Google previewLeading Men (2012)

Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood by Jackson Katz

But what mostof right-wing radio's progressive critics overlook or downplay is the gendered nature of Limbaugh and company's contemptfor liberals.

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Pragmatics (2012)

by Yan Huang

By self-oriented mitigation is meant downplay of one's own vulnerability and by other-oriented mitigation, downplay of others' vulnerability. It can be realized by a variety of linguistic and non-linguistic devices such as disclaimers, indirectly ...

Google previewCovering American Politics in the 21st Century: An Encyclopedia of News Media Titans, Trends, and Controversies [2 volumes] (2016)

by Lee Banville

News dramas downplay complex policy information, the workings of government institutions, and the bases of power behind the central characters” (Bennett 2011) . Bennett argues that these two biases of press coverage of politics both play ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Libertarianism (2008)

by Ronald Hamowy

downplay the importance of culture. For Marxist sociologists, culture is simply part of the superstructure that reflects the underlying basis of society, its economic substructure, and the relations ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Social Movements (2015)

by Immanuel Ness

Most accounts of the era downplay ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, 2 Volume Set (2010)

by John Anthony McGuckin

Nektarios' later public downplay of an act which ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African History 3-Volume Set (2013)

by Kevin Shillington

The government attempted to downplay the famine and hide it from the public, as officials were busy preparing for the eightieth birthday celebration of the emperor, to be observed ...

Google previewRandom House Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2008)

by Random House

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Downplay Meaning

Video shows what downplay means. To de-emphasize, to present or portray as less important or consequential.. Downplay Meaning. How to pronounce ...

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Often, these downplay the power of cultural imperialism - in that sense, playing the game of US interests - by reassuring us that the global success of American mass culture is not as bad as all that. (Fredric Jameson)
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Scrabble value of D2O1W4N1P3L1A1Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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