- to reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree.
- to represent at the lowest possible amount, value, importance, influence, etc., especially in a disparaging way; belittle.
Also especially British, min·i·mise.
Origin of minimize
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He was not part of the conspiracy aimed at the minimization of Cressy, the scholar.Gargoyles
- to reduce to or estimate at the least possible degree or amountto minimize a risk
- to rank or treat at less than the true worth; belittleto minimize someone's achievements
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Word Origin and History for minimization
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