from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To minimize the significance of; play down: downplayed the bad news.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To de-emphasize; to present or portray as less important or consequential.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. understate the importance or quality of
- v. represent as less significant or important
down- + play (Wiktionary)