Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) to downplay the importance of something
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    • trivialize the events/matter/situation
  • Analysis
    To 'trivialize' is a verb meaning to make something seem less important, complex or significant than it actually is. Similar in meaning to 'play down' or 'minimize'. "You can't trivialize these findings, this could impact our whole strategy." This is a verb you will hear used more often in professional or formal contexts. Also spelled as 'trivialise'.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. With its silly pictures, the article in the newspaper trivialized the situation.
    2. The comedian trivialized the events when he made a joke about what happened.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I don't mean to trivialize the situation but I don't think we should spend so much time on this.
    2. The government have been trying to trivialize these figures in order to detract attention from them.
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