Down-play

downplay

[doun-pley]
verb (used with object)
to treat or speak of (something) so as to reduce emphasis on its importance, value, strength, etc.: The press has downplayed the president's role in the negotiations.

Origin:
1950–55; down1 + play, from verb phrase play down

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downplay (ˈdaʊnˌpleɪ)
 
vb
(tr) to play down; make little of

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downplay
de-emphasize, 1968, from down (adv.) + play (v.).
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