min·​i·​a·​tur·​ize | \ ˈmi-nē-ə-chə-ˌrīz How to pronounce miniaturize (audio) , ˈmi-ni-chə- How to pronounce miniaturize (audio) , ˈmin-yə-chə-, -ˌtyu̇-, -ˌtu̇-\
miniaturized; miniaturizing

Definition of miniaturize

transitive verb

: to design or construct in small size

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miniaturization \ ˌmi-​nē-​ə-​ˌchu̇r-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce miniaturization (audio) , 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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Those electronics could almost certainly be miniaturized, which would reduce the weight further. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Flying, insect-like robot flits closer to independent flight," 26 June 2019 The mammals also miniaturized over generations, as leaves became less nutritious in the carbonaceous air. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "As the World Warms, Clouds Could Disappear—Catastrophically," 3 Mar. 2019 Games provide frameworks that miniaturize and represent idealized realities; so do narratives. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Story Universe of Magic: The Gathering Is Expanding," 21 July 2019 These capabilities are now being miniaturized for the desktop. Andrew Hessel, Ars Technica, "Printing vaccines at the pharmacy or at home will be the way of the future," 20 June 2019 The mammals also miniaturized over generations, as leaves became less nutritious in the carbonaceous air. Quanta Magazine, "A World Without Clouds," 25 Feb. 2019 Most of the changes apply to the oncoming generation of nuclear technology that can be miniaturized and is potentially more susceptible to being militarized for power generation at far-flung outposts and for propulsion on watercraft. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "U.S. Strengthens Controls on Nuclear Technology Exports to China," 11 Oct. 2018 More specifically, Intel seems to have done a lot of work to miniaturize the display system. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "North has acquired the patents and tech behind Intel’s Vaunt AR glasses," 17 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of miniaturize

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of miniaturize was in 1909

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English Language Learners Definition of miniaturize

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

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to make or get by devious means

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