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minimize

[ min-uh-mahyz ]
/ ˈmɪn əˌmaɪz /
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Definition of minimize

verb (used with object), min·i·mized, min·i·miz·ing.
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.
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Also especially British, min·i·mise .

Origin of minimize

First recorded in 1795–1805; minim(um) + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM minimize

min·i·mi·za·tion, nounmin·i·miz·er, nounun·min·i·mized, adjectiveun·min·i·miz·ing, adjective
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How to use minimize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for minimize

minimize

minimise

/ (ˈmɪnɪˌmaɪz) /

verb (tr)
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

Derived forms of minimize

minimization or minimisation, nounminimizer or minimiser, noun
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