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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The dangers are in the details In a new study led by John Fasullo of the US National Center for Atmospheric Research, researchers ran a model simulation of one specific design of this technique meant to minimize those side-effects. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Geoengineering could stop warming but comes with side of sea-level rise," 31 Oct. 2018 Launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment aims to minimize plastic pollution through several initiatives across the globe. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Burberry, H&M, L'Oreal and More Sign on to Address Global Plastic Crisis," 29 Oct. 2018 The part was doubly challenging because the director, Fede Alvarez, sought to minimize the use of computer effects. Nathan Heller, Vogue, "Claire Foy on Becoming a Mother and Trading Her Crown for a Dragon Tattoo," 10 Oct. 2018 Color-correcting concealers can also be used to address concerns like redness and hyperpigmentation; green to minimize redness and peach or purple to disguise acne scars or sunspots. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Why Makeup Artists Say You Should Always Use at Least Two Concealers," 4 Oct. 2018 The two companies worked closely together to optimize the layout of Intel’s Amber Lake 8th-gen Y-series Core processors, the associated memory, and other components to minimize the space the motherboard required. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "A dream team of Intel engineers helped create HP's tiny Spectre Folio motherboard," 1 Oct. 2018 And the company is sort of trying to minimize this as a harmless exercise. Fox News, "Media's Kavanaugh spectacle," 24 Sep. 2018 The park’s original designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, had been at pains to minimize the architecture in their landscape, and most structures had a fantastic appearance. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 Panelists emphasized that the Bible should not be used to minimize abuse. Sarah Smith, star-telegram, "Southern Baptists' #MeToo moment: 'Jesus does not need you to rescue his reputation'," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of minimize

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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