- 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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Related Words for minimizationcriticism, deprecation, derogation, detraction, smear, disparagement, depreciation, denigration
Examples from the Web for minimization
Historical Examples of minimization
He was not part of the conspiracy aimed at the minimization of Cressy, the scholar.Gargoyles
- 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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