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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.
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. 2018

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Historical Examples of minimizing

  • The spiral motion has the effect of minimizing this difficulty.

  • I would not have you think that I am minimizing the value of the services of these men.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride

  • It had made him, promptly, fall back on minimizing it—that is on minimizing "fuss."

    The Golden Bowl

    Henry James

  • The problem will never be solved by minimizing or deriding or misunderstanding it.

    Aliens or Americans?

    Howard B. Grose

  • Both stood for toleration and for the minimizing of the differences between the sects.


    G. W. Leibniz

British Dictionary definitions for minimizing



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
Derived Formsminimization or minimisation, nounminimizer or minimiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for minimizing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper