minimize

verb
min·​i·​mize | \ ˈmi-nə-ˌmīz \
minimized; minimizing

Definition of minimize

transitive verb

1 : to reduce or keep to a minimum minimize costs minimize delays
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

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Other Words from minimize

minimization \ ˌmi-​nə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
minimizer \ ˈmi-​nə-​ˌmī-​zər \ 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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In the adult design world, constraints are a creative opportunity, but these loose parts intentionally minimize the degree of difficulty. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 To minimize splatter, remove the skillet from heat when adding more oil between additional pieces of tenderloin. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "A Spicy Pork Tenderloin Bowl That's So Easy You Hardly Need This Recipe," 30 May 2018 Today’s stealth aircraft also try to minimize the ability of infrared sensors to detect them via heat emissions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Stealth Tanks Are Coming," 7 Aug. 2018 In your everyday life, try to minimize your own carbon footprint. Emily Hernandez, Teen Vogue, "What Is Climate Change? Everything You Need To Know About Global Warming," 17 July 2018 But one way to keep that support low until then is to continue to allow people to represent Trump who are so disconnected from the concerns of black Americans that make comments with racist connotations when trying to minimize them. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump ally David Bossie’s dismissive ‘cotton picking’ comment to a black pundit," 25 June 2018 So have fun with all of that — just please try to minimize the collateral damage along the way. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "I married the guy I had an affair with. Now he’s cheating on me — and things just get messier from there.," 27 May 2018 People try to minimize me to artist, hip-hop, black community. Marie Claire, "Kanye West Says Slavery Was "A Choice" in New Interview," 1 May 2018 Local hotels, including the Condé Nast Traveler Readers 'Choice Award favorite Post Ranch Inn, had begun helicoptering guests in to minimize the impact the closure had on business. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "California's Highway One to Fully Reopen Today," 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of minimize

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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minimize

verb

English Language Learners 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

minimize

verb
min·​i·​mize | \ ˈmi-nə-ˌmīz \
minimized; minimizing

Kids Definition of minimize

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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