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or (especially British) minimise

[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.
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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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for minimize

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

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