[ min-uh-fahy ]
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verb (used with object),min·i·fied, min·i·fy·ing.
  1. to make less.

  2. to minimize.

Origin of minify

1670–80; <Latin min(us) less + -ify, modeled on magnify

Other words from minify

  • min·i·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use minify in a sentence

  • That natural tendency toward a magnification or a minification of things human is one of the ear-marks of the satirist.

    The Ordeal of Mark Twain | Van Wyck Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for minify


/ (ˈmɪnɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) rare to minimize or lessen the size or importance of (something)

Origin of minify

C17: from Latin minus less; for form, compare magnify

Derived forms of minify

  • minification (ˌmɪnɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), noun

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