minimize

verb
min·​i·​mize | \ ˈmi-nə-ˌmīz How to pronounce minimize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce minimization (audio) \ noun
minimizer \ ˈmi-​nə-​ˌmī-​zər How to pronounce minimizer (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

To put it simply, the Skin-Care Diet is all about minimizing the steps in your skin-care routine to decrease irritation. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Koreans Are Ditching Their Famous 10-Step Routines for the Skin-Care Diet," 29 Sep. 2018 Formulated with the brand's exclusive flexi-hold technology, which creates a lightweight, matte veil on the skin, this pore minimizing formula provides 12-hour coverage and comes in 40 shades. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "6 Smart New Foundations That Will Solve Any Skin Issue This Fall," 21 Aug. 2018 Last year, the International Maritime Organization outlined a new Polar Code aimed at minimizing shipping disturbances. Adam Aton, Scientific American, "Ships Threaten Arctic Marine Mammals," 3 July 2018 Crowe has contended that Stephan has lied about some of her actions and tried to rewrite history by minimizing her role in the case. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Families in high profile cases come out in final days of DA race," 2 June 2018 In hopes of minimizing fans' hunger pangs, June's Diary cradled the crowd with their dreamy set. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Jussie Smollett Shows Promise as R&B Mainstay in New York Show," 28 May 2018 These and other risk-averse persons were, as relayed by McNair, interested more in minimizing Richardson’s legal and financial exposure than in waging a fight on his behalf. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Fallout from Latest Allegations Against Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson," 26 Apr. 2018 One can, however, keep the entire monstrous landscape in view without minimizing the culpability of perpetrators on either side. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 The new policy also says that consideration should be given to minimizing civilian casualties. Gardiner Harris, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration seeks to expand sales of armed drones," 19 Apr. 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 How to pronounce minimize (audio) \
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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