background vs downplay what difference

what is difference between background and downplay

English

Etymology

back +‎ ground

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbæk.ɡɹaʊnd/

Adjective

background (not comparable)

  1. Less important or less noticeable in a scene or system.

Antonyms

  • conspicuous, foreground, forestanding, primary, prominent

Noun

background (countable and uncountable, plural backgrounds)

  1. One’s social heritage, or previous life; what one did in the past.
  2. A part of the picture that depicts scenery to the rear or behind the main subject; context.
  3. Information relevant to the current situation about past events; history.
  4. A less important feature of scenery (as opposed to foreground).
  5. (computing) The image or color over which a computer’s desktop items are shown (e.g. icons or application windows).
  6. (computing) A type of activity on a computer that is not normally visible to the user.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

background (third-person singular simple present backgrounds, present participle backgrounding, simple past and past participle backgrounded)

  1. To put in a position that is not prominent.
    • 2006, Paul Baker, Using Corpora in Discourse Analysis, page 163:
      One aspect of the story that appears interesting is that the alleged rapist and victim are only referred to by name together in the same sentence once. In all the other sentences, one receives more focus, while the other is backgrounded.
  2. (journalism) To gather and provide background information (on).

Spanish

Noun

background m (plural backgrounds)

  1. background


English

Etymology

Synthetic form of the phrase play down.

Pronunciation

Verb

downplay (third-person singular simple present downplays, present participle downplaying, simple past and past participle downplayed)

  1. (transitive) To de-emphasize; to present or portray as less important or consequential.
    He would sometimes downplay his Princeton education by saying simply that he went to school in New Jersey.

Usage notes

  • The synonymous alternative form play down is slightly more formal, or slightly less informal.

Synonyms

  • trivialize
  • understate

Translations

Anagrams

  • play down, playdown

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