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[min-uh-mahyz] /ˈmɪn əˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), minimized, minimizing.
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, minimise.
Origin of minimize
First recorded in 1795-1805; minim(um) + -ize
Related forms
minimization, noun
minimizer, noun
unminimized, adjective
unminimizing, adjective
Can be confused
minimal, minimize, minimum, minuscule, minutia (see usage note at minuscule) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for minimize
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  • I would rather exaggerate than minimize my own shortcomings to you to-night.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Carmody did not attempt to minimize the seriousness of the opposition.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • At least, we may take counsel how far we can minimize this hideous scandal.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • What I always say, dear boy: minimize the risk of failure—eh?'

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • But he meant at least to minimize it, and certainly not to let himself be captured alive.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for minimize


verb (transitive)
to reduce to or estimate at the least possible degree or amount: to minimize a risk
to rank or treat at less than the true worth; belittle: to minimize someone's achievements
Derived Forms
minimization, minimisation, noun
minimizer, minimiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for minimize

1802, first recorded in Bentham; see minimum + -ize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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