from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb Music To soften or mute the tone of by depressing the soft pedal.
  • transitive verb Informal To make less emphatic or obvious; play down.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To attempt to persuade without being obvious about it, by understating a position so the listener takes the good points as obvious.
  • verb To tone down, damp, mute or obscure something; to proceed in a less forceful, circumspect or subdued manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb play down or obscure


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