miniaturize

[min-ee-uh-chuh-rahyz, min-uh-]
verb (used with object), min·i·a·tur·ized, min·i·a·tur·iz·ing.
  1. to make in extremely small size in order to keep volume or weight to a minimum: to miniaturize electronic equipment.
Also especially British, min·i·a·tur·ise.

Origin of miniaturize

First recorded in 1945–50; miniature + -ize
Related formsmin·i·a·tur·i·za·tion, nounsu·per·min·i·a·tur·ize, verb (used with object), su·per·min·i·a·tur·ized, su·per·min·i·a·tur·iz·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for miniaturization

miniaturize

miniaturise

verb
  1. (tr) to make or construct (something, esp electronic equipment) on a very small scale; reduce in size
Derived Formsminiaturization or miniaturisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for miniaturization
n.

1947, from miniaturize + -ation. Minification in this sense attested from 1904, on analogy of magnification.

miniaturize

v.

1946, from miniature (adj.) + -ize. Minify in same sense is from 1670s, on analogy of magnify. Related: Miniaturized; miniaturizing.

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