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verb [transitive] downplay pronunciation in American English /ˈdaʊnˌpleɪ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydownplay
he/she/itdownplays
present participledownplaying
past tensedownplayed
past participledownplayed
  1. to deliberately make a situation seem less serious or important than it is
    The senator is downplaying the significance of the issue.

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