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

In a recent interview, Wolff shared some of the lessons learned, provided some advice about the best ways to minimize a property’s flooding risk, and discussed the resiliency of Houston. Michelle Sandlin, Houston Chronicle, "Relocation spotlight on Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living," 16 Sep. 2019 The participants, on the other hand, were scouting the venues and looking for ways to minimize their risks. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "New research examines the treacherous experience of being “fat” at work," 9 Sep. 2019 But given the danger represented by that rise, America can choose to minimize its risk. Nicholas Phillips, National Review, "The Trade War Is Smart Geopolitics," 5 Sep. 2019 Even older kids should limit their intake to minimize the risk of weight gain and tooth decay, according to the AAP. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Should I Give My Child Juice? Here’s What Experts Say," 5 Sep. 2019 To minimize security risks, Kuma is the sole administrator of the HKMap domain. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Real-time maps warn Hong Kong protesters of water cannons and riot police," 3 Sep. 2019 As urban development encroached upon the structures, the Corps made changes to minimize the risk of flooding. Scott Dalton, CNN, "Their neighborhood was flooded to save Houston," 25 Aug. 2019 The effectiveness of forced arbitration in minimizing risk to corporations offers insight into why Bay Area scooter companies have been so quick to adopt these policies. Michael P. Maguire, The Mercury News, "Opinion: E-scooter firms silence injured riders’ legal claims," 21 Aug. 2019 Operating without a crew To minimize the risks associated with hydrogen, Hunt envisions getting rid of the crew. NBC News, "Zeppelins stopped flying after the Hindenburg disaster. Now scientists want to bring them back.," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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