minimize

[min-uh-mahyz]
verb (used with object), minimized, minimizing.
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, minimise.


Origin:
1795–1805; minim(um) + -ize

minimization, noun
minimizer, noun
unminimized, adjective
unminimizing, adjective

minimal, minimize, minimum, minuscule, minutia (see usage note at minuscule).
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minimize or minimise (ˈmɪnɪˌmaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to reduce to or estimate at the least possible degree or amount: to minimize a risk
2.  to rank or treat at less than the true worth; belittle: to minimize someone's achievements
 
minimise or minimise
 
vb
 
minimi'zation or minimise
 
n
 
minimi'sation or minimise
 
n
 
'minimizer or minimise
 
n
 
'minimiser or minimise
 
n

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

minimise
British spelling of minimize. For suffix, see -ize.
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Example sentences
Eating as much antioxidant- rich raw plant food is the only long-term solution
  to minimise environmental pollution.
To minimise that risk, the pace of deleveraging needs to be carefully
  calibrated.
If the author's observations of whom accrues the rent are true, this is further
  evidence that government should minimise rent.
Science continues to support the case for curbing greenhouse-gas emissions so
  as to minimise the risks of catastrophe.
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