to play something down

  • 1 play something down — MAKE LIGHT OF, make little of, gloss over, de emphasize, downplay, understate; soft pedal, tone down, diminish, trivialize, underrate, underestimate, undervalue; disparage, belittle, scoff at, sneer at, shrug off; …

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  • 2 play something down — pretend that something is less important than it in fact is. → play …

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  • 3 play something down — Syn: make light of, make little of, gloss over, downplay, understate, soft pedal, diminish, trivialize …

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  • 4 play sth down — UK US play sth down Phrasal Verb with play({{}}/pleɪ/ verb ► to say that something is not important, especially because you do not want it to be known publicly: »Insiders are playing the matter down, stressing the investigation is industry wide… …

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  • 5 play something up — EMPHASIZE, accentuate, call attention to, point up, underline, highlight, spotlight, foreground, feature, stress, accent. → play * * * emphasize the extent or importance of something the mystery surrounding his death was played up by the media *… …

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  • 6 cry someone/something down — (dated) DISPARAGE, run down, belittle, make light of, denigrate, decry, deprecate, depreciate, play down, trivialize, minimize; archaic hold cheap. → cry * * * dated disparage or belittle someone or something …

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  • 7 water something down — 1 staff had watered down the drinks: DILUTE, water, thin (out), weaken; adulterate, doctor, mix; informal cut. 2 the proposals were watered down …

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  • 8 play down — verb understate the importance or quality of he played down his royal ancestry • Syn: ↑background, ↑downplay • Ant: ↑play up, ↑foreground (for: ↑background) …

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  • 9 play — verb 1》 engage in games or other activities for enjoyment rather than for a serious or practical purpose.     ↘amuse oneself by engaging in imaginative pretence.     ↘(play with) treat inconsiderately for one s own amusement: she likes to play… …

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  • 10 play — 1. verb 1) the children played with toys Syn: amuse oneself, entertain oneself, enjoy oneself, have fun, relax, occupy oneself, frolic, romp; informal mess about/around 2) I used to play football Syn: take part in …

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  • 11 Something Wicked This Way Comes (novel) — Something Wicked This Way Comes   …

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  • 12 play down something — play down (something) to try to make something seem less serious than it really is. He played down the seriousness of his condition because he didn t want anyone to worry. It s a sensitive issue, and they want to play it down until after the… …

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  • 13 play down — (something) to try to make something seem less serious than it really is. He played down the seriousness of his condition because he didn t want anyone to worry. It s a sensitive issue, and they want to play it down until after the elections …

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  • 14 play — play1 W1S1 [pleı] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(children)¦ 2¦(sports/games)¦ 3¦(music)¦ 4¦(radio/cd etc)¦ 5¦(theatre/film)¦ 6 play a part/role 7 play ball 8¦(pretend)¦ 9¦(behave)¦ 10 play games …

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  • 15 play — 1 /pleI/ verb 1 CHILDREN (I, T) when children play, they do things that they enjoy, often together or with toys: The children ran off to play on the beach. | play sth: The boys were playing soldiers. | I don t want to play that game! (+ with):… …

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  • 16 play — play1 [ pleı ] verb *** ▸ 1 take part in sport/game ▸ 2 make music/sound ▸ 3 have part in play, etc. ▸ 4 when children have fun ▸ 5 when light moves ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) intransitive or transitive to take part in a sport or game: The girls are out… …

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  • 17 play out — verb 1. deplete exhaust one s savings We quickly played out our strength • Syn: ↑run down, ↑exhaust, ↑sap, ↑tire • Derivationally related forms: ↑sapper …

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  • 18 play up — verb 1. move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent (Freq. 1) The introduction highlighted the speaker s distinguished career in linguistics • Syn: ↑foreground, ↑highlight, ↑spotlight • Ant: ↑play down, ↑ …

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  • 19 play */*/*/ — I UK [pleɪ] / US verb Word forms play : present tense I/you/we/they play he/she/it plays present participle playing past tense played past participle played 1) [intransitive/transitive] to take part in a sport or game The children were playing… …

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  • 20 play*/*/*/ — [pleɪ] verb I 1) [I/T] to take part in a sport or game The children were playing football in the park.[/ex] He played for AC Milan before he was transferred to Arsenal.[/ex] 2) [I/T] to compete against someone in a sport or game She plays the… …

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