min·​i·​a·​tur·​ize | \ˈmi-nē-ə-chə-ˌrīz, ˈmi-ni-chə-, ˈmin-yə-chə-, -ˌtyu̇-, -ˌtu̇- \
miniaturized; miniaturizing

Definition of miniaturize 

transitive verb

: to design or construct in small size

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Other Words from miniaturize

miniaturization \ ˌmi-​nē-​ə-​ˌchu̇r-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən , ˌmi-​ni-​, ˌmin-​yə-​, -​chər-​, -​ˌtyu̇r-​, -​ˌtu̇r-​ \ noun

Examples of miniaturize in a Sentence

Technology has made it possible to miniaturize electronic circuits.

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So guests could help themselves and sample widely, Basque restaurants miniaturized their offerings, spearing them with toothpicks and displaying them along the bar. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 Some of the mumbo really is jumbo, as before—the technology that miniaturizes Ant-Man can also giantize him. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Review: A Sequel With Wings," 5 July 2018 Rapid progress in miniaturizing railguns technology has transformed the hypersonic weapons from laboratory curiosities to potential weapons that promise tremendous increases in range and energy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Pushing for Battlefield Railguns," 24 Apr. 2018 The budding discipline of quantum acoustics could shake up embryonic quantum computers by miniaturizing technologies and producing longer-lasting quantum memories. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Weird vibrations poised to control quantum computers," 14 Mar. 2018 Matt Damon stars as Paul, an ordinary middle American, living in a near-future where scientists have figured out how to miniaturize people, to reduce environmental damage and mitigate scarcity. Noel Murray,, "New video: 'Downsizing' doesn't always work, but it's thoughtful and heartfelt," 11 Mar. 2018 Dyson has now miniaturized that cyclone and tucked it into a small robot vacuum called the Dyson 360 Eye. Nena Farrell, Sunset, "How to Clean Smarter with These A+ Robot Vacuums," 22 Jan. 2018 After closing its laboratories in California and Arizona, Theranos has refocused its strategy on commercializing a device called the miniLab that miniaturizes various lab instruments and packs them into one box. John Carreyrou, WSJ, "Blood-Testing Firm Theranos Gets $100 Million Lifeline From Fortress," 24 Dec. 2017 Though North Korea has not yet definitively demonstrated the ability to track and deliver ICBMs on target, the Defense Intelligence Agency now believes that Kim Jong-un has the capability to miniaturize a nuclear device and place it inside an ICBM. Stephen Meyer, National Review, "No Good Options in North Korea?," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of miniaturize

1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of miniaturize

: to design or make (something) in a very small size

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