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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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  • So far did Jefferson lean in holding out the olive branch that he ran the risk of minimizing the revolution of 1800.

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
  • I would not have you think that I am minimizing the value of the services of these men.

    The Emma Gees Herbert Wes McBride
  • They had no idea of minimizing the great common experiences of life.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It had made him, promptly, fall back on minimizing it—that is on minimizing "fuss."

    The Golden Bowl Henry James
  • This was Luthers reasoning; he wished to make some allowances for enlightenment; he hoped to preserve the faith by minimizing it.

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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