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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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Examples from the Web for minimize

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  • I would rather exaggerate than minimize my own shortcomings to you to-night.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Carmody did not attempt to minimize the seriousness of the opposition.

  • At least, we may take counsel how far we can minimize this hideous scandal.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for minimize

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 minimize

v.

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

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