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To make something seem less important or special - synonyms or related words

play down

to try to make a problem or difficult situation seem less important than it is

minimize

verb

to make something seem much less important than it really is

downplay

verb

to deliberately make a situation seem less serious or important than it is

trivialize

verb

to make something seem less important or serious than it really is

understate

verb

to say that something is less important, serious, big etc than it really is

downgrade

verb

to treat something in a way that shows that you think it is now less important than it was

eclipse

verb

to make someone or something seem less successful or important, by becoming more successful or important than they are

lessen

verb

to become smaller in amount, level, importance etc or make something do this

detract from

to make something seem less good, attractive, or important

overshadow

verb

to make someone or something seem less important compared to someone or something else

ruburb

an area in the countryside where there are both housing developments and farms, and many people travel to work in nearby cities

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a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

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