- 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.
Origin of minimize
Examples from the Web for minimize
We coo over how cute our cat is and minimize the drudgery of cleaning the litter box.Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?
December 17, 2014
“To minimize sprawl” has become a bedrock catchphrase of the core political ideology.The Progressives’ War on Suburbia
November 16, 2014
When used outside of major urban areas, they minimize the risk of civilian casualties and requirements for granular intelligence.Who the U.S. Should Really Hit in ISIS
Daniel Trombly, Yasir Abbas
September 23, 2014
Now, one company is trying to minimize the potential danger of these (often necessary and life-saving) machines.Are Routine Scans Causing Cancer?
September 17, 2014
“We wanted to minimize the risks,” says the senior State Department official.U.S. Diplomats and Marines Close Embassy and Flee Libya Fighting
July 27, 2014
I would rather exaggerate than minimize my own shortcomings to you to-night.A Spirit in Prison
Carmody did not attempt to minimize the seriousness of the opposition.They of the High Trails
At least, we may take counsel how far we can minimize this hideous scandal.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
What I always say, dear boy: minimize the risk of failure—eh?'Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
But he meant at least to minimize it, and certainly not to let himself be captured alive.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
- 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