- 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, min·i·mise.
Origin of minimize
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Examples from the Web for minimise
There is a concerted effort to minimise 'fuss' on the part of the queen surrounding her hospitalisation.How Sick Is The Queen?
March 4, 2013
Whereby he expected at any rate to minimise the transgression of orders.
You must understand he did not try to minimise its importance.Lord Jim
Thinkers like Buckle sought to minimise their importance or explain them away.Evolution in Modern Thought
To this I will not reply by seeking in any way to minimise their inspiration.The Preacher and His Models
Is it not then wise to minimise these potent and dangerous allies?Expositions of Holy Scripture
- 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
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Word Origin and History for minimise
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