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Definition of the verb play down
What does play down mean as a doing phrase?
- understate the importance or quality of
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- synonyms of play down: background / downplay
- antonym of play down: play up
- more generic words: accent / accentuate / emphasise / emphasize / punctuate / stress = to stress, single out as important
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Alternative definition of the verb play down
- [idiomatic] To make or attempt to make something seem less important, likely, or obvious.
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by Elizabeth McLaren Kirkpatrick, C. M. Schwarz
play down see play. sell (someone) down the river see river. suit (someone) down to the ground see ground. talk down to (someone) see talk. dozen a baker's dozen see baker. daily dozen physical exercises done every day , ...
Aeronautical Dictionary (2004)
With Emphasis on ATC Communications Terms by J. Deborah Balter
Play Down - (UP) - Minimize (maximize) the importance of. (Place emphasis on.) Ex: The pilot played down the possibility of going down ...
by Stanley Newman, Daniel Stark
slander, sneer at, traduce 8 backbite, badmouth, denounce, derogate, diminish , discount, downplay, minimize, play down, ridicule, take down, talk down, tear down, vilipend 9 blaspheme, criticize, denigrate, deprecate, discredit, disparage, ...
by Robert McGill Loughridge, David M. Hodge
to Play down in water, Ak' -áhkopánetv. to Play, (see-saw) Eten-cvmes'SetV. to Play, (ball) Pokkécetv. Play, Ak'hopv'nkv. Play-thing, Sakhopv'nkv. Pleading, (for one) Eyðposiketv.
Includes Abbreviations, Geographical Names, Foreign Words and Phrases, Forms of Address, Weights and Measures, Signs and Symbols by Albert Morehead, Philip D. Morehead, Loy Morehead
t to play down. down'pour" n. heavy rainfall. downright" adj. 1, direct; plain; blunt . 2, complete; utter; absolute. — adv. thoroughly; completely. — down'right"ness ...
by Sidney L. Landau
play down minimize, gloss over, make light of, decry, deprecate, depreciate, disparage, detract, hush up, pooh- pooh, belittle, derogate, whitewash, ...
by Robert Blumenfeld
play down 1. To perform in a condescending manner for the audience. 2. To throw away a line by deliberately giving it no emphasis. 3. To act a scene in an understated way: play it down. player n. 1. Actor. 2. Instrumentalist. 3.
by Christine Ammer
play down 1. Make little of, minimize the importance of, as in A skillful salesman plays down the drawbacks of ...
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I strongly suggest that we play down basics like who influenced whom, and instead study the way the influence is transformed, in other words: how the artist made it his own. (Lukas Foss)
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