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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 minimizing
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  • The spiral motion has the effect of minimizing this difficulty.

  • I would not have you think that I am minimizing the value of the services of these men.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride
  • It had made him, promptly, fall back on minimizing it—that is on minimizing "fuss."

    The Golden Bowl Henry James
  • The problem will never be solved by minimizing or deriding or misunderstanding it.

    Aliens or Americans? Howard B. Grose
  • Both stood for toleration and for the minimizing of the differences between the sects.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
British Dictionary definitions for minimizing


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
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Word Origin and History for minimizing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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