- 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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Examples from the Web for minimizing
Those 4.1 days of vacation often include a weekend, minimizing the risk of finding somebody else in your seat when you return.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
Speaking of the TSA leads directly into a final way of minimizing the excesses and wastefulness of a national surveillance state.Four Principles for a Libertarian National Security State
September 14, 2013
But, the essay is also myopic—once again exaggerating Jewish guilt and minimizing Palestinian blame and responsibility.What Beinart Overlooks in His 'American Jewish Cocoon' Article
September 4, 2013
But then people started defending--or minimizing to the point of untruth--the clearly indefensible.Why Hugo Chavez Was Bad for Venezuela
March 7, 2013
I'm not minimizing the problem of prescription drug abuse, mind you; I've known a few people who've had a hard time with it.Bloomberg’s Latest Crackdown: Prescription Drugs
January 11, 2013
The spiral motion has the effect of minimizing this difficulty.The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns
Roger Thompson Finlay
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
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
- 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 minimizing
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