- to act (a role or scene) in a manner intended to be subtle and restrained
- to play down the importance of (something)
verbun·der·played, un·der·play·ing, un·der·plays
- To act (a role) subtly or with restraint.
- To present or deal with subtly or with restraint; play down.
- To act a role subtly or with restraint.
- Games To play a low card while holding a higher card in the same suit.
- The act of underplaying.
(third-person singular simple present underplays, present participle underplaying, simple past and past participle underplayed)
- To play in a subordinate, or in an inferior manner; to underact a part.
- (card games) To play a low card when holding a high one, in the hope of a future advantage.
under- +"Ž play