Is there a verb which means the same as "to dumb down" or "to make milder", in relation to an account of something I had witnessed? More specifically, a verb which describes telling your account of something you witnessed in a milder form so as to not scare the other person and "play down" the event.
to treat or speak of (something) so as to reduce emphasis on its importance, value, strength, etc.: The press has downplayed the president's role in the negotiations.
Another verb is de-emphasize
Another option is understate.
- to state something with less completeness than needed; to minimise or downplay
What about soften?
- To make something soft or softer.
- To undermine the morale of someone (often soften up).
- To make less harsh
- Having second thoughts, I softened my criticism.
- To become soft or softer
To "simplify" something means to make it easier to understand.