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minimize

[ min-uh-mahyz ]
/ ˈmɪn əˌmaɪz /
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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.

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Also especially British, min·i·mise .

Origin of minimize

First recorded in 1795–1805; minim(um) + -ize
min·i·mi·za·tion, nounmin·i·miz·er, nounun·min·i·mized, adjectiveun·min·i·miz·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for minimize

minimize

minimise

/ (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
minimization or minimisation, nounminimizer or minimiser, noun
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