To downplay something is to make it seem less important or serious. Sometimes people downplay the importance of safety in order to make a decision.

  • The company downplayed the importance of the safety precaution and carried on with the experiment.

  • The teacher downplayed the importance of the test and gave the students a low score.

Definition of downplay


understate the importance or quality of


background, play down


represent as less significant or important


minimise, minimize, understate

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Example Sentences for downplay

  • 1

    The people downplayed on the piece of art.

  • 2

    I'm not trying to downplay the importance of the Wcc.

  • 3

    That's not to downplay the one sidedness of the findings of fact.

  • 4

    They merely downplay the disadvantages of the current name.

  • 5

    Also, the article seems to downplay the success of the Lrt.

  • 6

    As the series goes on, his chauvinistic attitude is downplayed.

  • 7

    I want Korea to downplay the negative and accentuate the positive.

  • 8

    Second other parts of the article downplay problems in the JW's.

  • 9

    Shell is said to have downplayed the severity of the oil spill.

  • 10

    I don't wish to downplay the bravery and commitment of the Poles.