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Origin of minify

1670–80; < Latin min(us) less + -ify, modeled on magnify
Related formsmin·i·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for minify

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