from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To minimize the significance of; play down: downplayed the bad news.
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- 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
What Glenn and other critics seem to downplay is that media coverage tends to be negative about everything.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton last night criticized the Bush administration for its response to Iran's nuclear program, saying it had chosen to "downplay" the crisis over the past several years.
Did he "downplay" the significance of Florida and Ohio or play up the significance of other states - VA, NV, CO, MO, NC ... etc
It's a no-win situation, if you ignore the character's race it means that you are trying to "downplay" it, so audiences wont notice.
Early on they began the kind of downplay of this whole she needs to have a hefty double-digit number, a hefty double-digit win, saying look, Barack Obama has spent a lot of money in this state.
And really, in a move, a strategy by the White House to kind of downplay his significance, really portray him as a bit player, one line for Iran saying that it was really part of a brutal regime that put down its own citizens.
Sharma says companies may be trying to "downplay" the problem, but "it is certainly a big issue."
Clinton administration approach to that has been to kind of downplay the threat of that technology.
We made a deliberate decision to kind of downplay the Inaugural and not to try to tie too much of that to fundraising, so we're going to have work harder this year.
It accused the IFP of trying to "downplay" Tuesday's invasion