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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
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  • Power tools and machines should be designed to minimize vibrations.
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  • The above will minimize the cost of the prison system.
  • The question now, scientists say, is whether humanity can learn to minimize the harmful impacts.
  • Fourth, you need to insulate the tank to minimize heat loss.
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  • We can minimize our uncertainty and maximize our control.
  • They also help minimize some of the inevitable stress that accompanies the evaluation process.
  • The first, disaster mitigation, is the taking of measures to identify disaster hazards and minimize their effects.
British Dictionary definitions for minimize


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 minimize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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