minimization

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