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[min-ee-uh-chuh-rahyz, min-uh-] /ˈmɪn i ə tʃəˌraɪz, ˈmɪn ə-/
verb (used with object), miniaturized, miniaturizing.
to make in extremely small size in order to keep volume or weight to a minimum:
to miniaturize electronic equipment.
Also, especially British, miniaturise.
Origin of miniaturize
1945-50; miniature + -ize
Related forms
miniaturization, noun
superminiaturize, verb (used with object), superminiaturized, superminiaturizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for miniaturize
  • The inventor will miniaturize the security of a bank vault into the everyday padlock.
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  • But the batteries and integrated circuits necessary to drive these devices make them difficult to fully miniaturize.
  • But the complex shape of the coils makes them difficult to further miniaturize.
  • Eventually, the team wants to miniaturize the system to the size of a microchip so that it can be installed in a car.
  • In many cases, this involves miniaturize of these devices.
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British Dictionary definitions for miniaturize


(transitive) to make or construct (something, esp electronic equipment) on a very small scale; reduce in size
Derived Forms
miniaturization, miniaturisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for miniaturize

1946, from miniature (adj.) + -ize. Minify in same sense is from 1670s, on analogy of magnify. Related: Miniaturized; miniaturizing.

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