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/ˌʌn dərˈpleɪ, ˈʌn dərˌpleɪ/
verb (used with object)
to act (a part) sketchily.
to act subtly and restrainedly.
to understate or de-emphasize; downplay:
The ambassador underplayed his role in the peace negotiations.
verb (used without object)
to leave out of one's acting all subtlety and enriching detail.
to achieve an effect in acting with a minimum of emphasis.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Perhaps he does
how far simplification and prejudice are willingly embraced rather than imposed.
But she tends to
the romance in the story.
Quite the contrary, the unusualness of my access made me want to
It might have been better to embrace the chaos rather than
He knows he has tread left on his tire and isn't going to
his hand because of it.
We do not mean to
the importance of addressing the pressing needs of subgroups of the homeless.
the seriousness of the situation nor create undue alarm.
British Dictionary definitions for
to play (a role) with restraint or subtlety
to achieve (an effect) by deliberate lack of emphasis
) to lead or follow suit with a lower card when holding a higher one
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