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    to minimize

    to play down - to shrug off - to laugh off

    Are these three phrasal verbs good to replace "to minimize something" in every context?

    for example with these combinations: to minimize an incident, a put-down, what had happened, his weird behaviour

    Are these three verbs all commonly used in English? Any more verbs to mean this?

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: to minimize

    In general, yes. However [as always] it all depends on the context. If one was trying to minimise a distressing incident, then it would obviously be better to use "to play down", rather than "to laugh off".

    All three are commonly used, together with "to disregard", and "to ignore".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: to minimize

    Some would say that those three are not synonyms of 'minimize', which means 'make less', though minimize is often used in the laxer sense ('make seem less').

    Those three expressions are current; also 'make light of' BUT NOT 'belittle' (which doesn't mean the same at all).

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