Question 23: Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word(s) CLOSEST in meaning to the underlined word(s) in each of the questions following: The local government tried to play down the seriousness of the disaster.
soften (v): soften
diminish (v): reduce, reduce, reduce
eliminate (v): eliminate
alleviate (v): alleviate, reduce the important part = play down