English version

downplay

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdownplaydown‧play /ˌdaʊnˈpleɪ $ ˈdaʊnpleɪ/ verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 UNIMPORTANTto make something seem less important than it really is syn play down 🔊 White House officials attempted to downplay the president’s role in the affair.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
downplayOn the other hand, by downplaying her own commitment to gay rights, she seemed to be validating the political closet.Also, in focusing on two-year institutions, I do not mean to downplay the role of four-year colleges and universities.Grandma downplays the seriousness of her health problems.Such stereotypic thinking forces even black stations to downplay their blackness in order to compete for the advertising dollars.
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Verb table
downplay
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theydownplay
he, she, itdownplays
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theydownplayed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave downplayed
he, she, ithas downplayed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad downplayed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill downplay
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have downplayed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam downplaying
he, she, itis downplaying
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you, we, theyare downplaying
Past
I, he, she, itwas downplaying
you, we, theywere downplaying
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been downplaying
he, she, ithas been downplaying
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been downplaying
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be downplaying
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been downplaying
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