[ min-uh-mahyz ]
/ ˈmɪn əˌmaɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. minimart,
  2. minimax,
  3. minimill,
  4. minimise,
  5. minimization,
  6. minimoon,
  7. minimoto,
  8. minimum,
  9. minimum lending rate,
  10. minimum thermometer

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for minimization

  • He was not part of the conspiracy aimed at the minimization of Cressy, the scholar.

    Gargoyles|Ben Hecht

British Dictionary definitions for minimization



/ (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 Formsminimization or minimisation, nounminimizer or minimiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for minimization
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