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minimize

[min-uh-mahyz]
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verb (used with object), min·i·mized, min·i·miz·ing.
  1. to reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree.
  2. 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
Related formsmin·i·mi·za·tion, nounmin·i·miz·er, nounun·min·i·mized, adjectiveun·min·i·miz·ing, adjective
Can be confusedminimal minimize minimum minuscule minutia (see usage note at minuscule)
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minimize

minimise

verb (tr)
  1. to reduce to or estimate at the least possible degree or amountto minimize a risk
  2. to rank or treat at less than the true worth; belittleto minimize someone's achievements
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Derived Formsminimization or minimisation, nounminimizer or minimiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for minimise

v.

chiefly British English spelling of minimize. For suffix, see -ize. Related: Minimised; minimising.

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minimize

v.

1802, first recorded in Bentham; see minimum + -ize.

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