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verb min·i·mize \ˈmi-nə-ˌmīz\

Simple Definition of minimize

  • : to make (something bad or not wanted) as small as possible

  • : to treat or describe (something) as smaller or less important than it is

  • computers : to make (a program's window) change to a very small form that takes almost no room on a computer's screen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of minimize

minimized

minimizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce or keep to a minimum

  3. 2 :  to underestimate intentionally :  play down, soft-pedal <minimizing losses in our own forces while maximizing those of the enemy>

  4. 3 :  to replace (a window) on a computer display with a small button or icon which will restore the window when selected

minimization

play \ˌmi-nə-mə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

minimizer

play \ˈmi-nə-ˌmī-zər\ noun

Examples of minimize in a sentence

  1. We need to minimize the chance of error.

  2. The company will work to minimize costs.

  3. I don't want to minimize the contributions he has made to the company.

  4. During the interview, she minimized her weaknesses and emphasized her strengths.

  5. Please minimize all open windows.



1825

First Known Use of minimize

1825

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MINIMIZE Defined for Kids

minimize

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verb min·i·mize \ˈmi-nə-ˌmīz\

Definition of minimize for Students

minimized

minimizing

  1. 1 :  to make as small as possible <Safety rules minimized the risks.>

  2. 2 :  to treat or describe (something) as smaller or less important than it is <Don't minimize the impact of the discovery on science.>

  3. 3 :  to make (a program's window) change to a very small form that takes little room on a computer screen





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