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To make, or attempt to make, something seem less important
“MacFarlane did his best to duck the limelight and play down his role in the investigation.”
To belittle or disparage the achievements of others
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“Alternatively, and particularly in cases where there are rival leadership factions, they may play down the achievements of other leaders and their patrons.”
To dismiss idly with contempt or derision
Exert a modifying or controlling influence on
To disregard as unimportant or insignificant
To injure a person's dignity and self-respect
To keep under control, especially something that is increasing in intensity or extremity
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