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[min-uh-mahyz] /ˈmɪn əˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), minimized, minimizing.
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.
Also, especially British, minimise.
Origin of minimize
1795-1805; minim(um) + -ize
Related forms
minimization, noun
minimizer, noun
unminimized, adjective
unminimizing, adjective
Can be confused
minimal, minimize, minimum, minuscule, minutia (see usage note at minuscule) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for minimise
  • 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.
  • Come bad times, they are tempted to minimise short-run pain through protection.
  • The number of people using these methods to minimise their tax bill is burgeoning.
  • The challenge is how to minimise the number of copies of the same file that have to be distributed.
  • The government for its part said it would build defences to minimise the risk of a major catastrophe.
  • They have successfully planted the idea that investing in dribs and drabs is a sure way to minimise capital loss.
  • By keeping fares low, airlines are failing to reduce the number of travellers enough to minimise delays.
British Dictionary definitions for minimise


verb (transitive)
to reduce to or estimate at the least possible degree or amount: to minimize a risk
to rank or treat at less than the true worth; belittle: to minimize someone's achievements
Derived Forms
minimization, minimisation, noun
minimizer, minimiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for minimise

chiefly British English spelling of minimize. For suffix, see -ize. Related: Minimised; minimising.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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