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minimize

verb min·i·mize \ˈmi-nə-ˌmīz\

: 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

min·i·mizedmin·i·miz·ing

Full Definition of MINIMIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to reduce or keep to a minimum
2
:  to underestimate intentionally :  play down, soft-pedal <minimizing losses in our own forces while maximizing those of the enemy>
3
:  to replace (a window) on a computer display with a small button or icon which will restore the window when selected
min·i·mi·za·tion \ˌmi-nə-mə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
min·i·miz·er \ˈmi-nə-ˌmī-zər\ noun

Examples of MINIMIZE

  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.

First Known Use of MINIMIZE

1825

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MINIMIZE Defined for Kids

minimize

verb min·i·mize \ˈmi-nə-ˌmīz\
min·i·mizedmin·i·miz·ing

Definition of MINIMIZE for Kids

1
:  to make as small as possible <Safety rules minimized the risks.>
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
:  to make (a program's window) change to a very small form that takes little room on a computer screen

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