play down

Definitions of play down
  1. verb
    understate the importance or quality of
    “he played down his royal ancestry”
    synonyms: background, downplay
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    Antonyms:
    foreground, highlight, play up, spotlight
    move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent
    types:
    wave off
    dismiss as insignificant
    soft-pedal
    play down or obscure
    type of:
    accent, accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate, stress
    to stress, single out as important
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