min·​i·​mize ˈmi-nə-ˌmīz How to pronounce minimize (audio)
minimized; minimizing

transitive verb

: to reduce or keep to a minimum
minimize costs
minimize delays
: to underestimate intentionally : play down, soft-pedal
minimizing losses in our own forces while maximizing those of the enemy
: to replace (a window) on a computer display with a small button or icon which will restore the window when selected
minimization noun
minimizer noun

Examples of minimize in a Sentence

We need to minimize the chance of error. The company will work to minimize costs. I don't want to minimize the contributions he has made to the company. During the interview, she minimized her weaknesses and emphasized her strengths. Please minimize all open windows.
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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of minimize was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Minimize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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min·​i·​mize ˈmin-ə-ˌmīz How to pronounce minimize (audio)
minimized; minimizing
: to make as small as possible
minimize the chance of error
: to place a low estimate on
minimized their losses
: to make (something) seem little or unimportant : belittle
minimized their opponent's victory
: to replace (a window) on a computer display with a small button or icon which will restore the window when selected

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