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

How to avoid getting conned online There is no foolproof way to prevent yourself from getting taken advantage of in an online transaction, but there are ways to minimize the chances, said Tempe police Detective Greg Bacon, a department spokesman. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "This man posted a room for rent in a home he didn't own, police say," 22 Aug. 2019 In order to minimize the impact of the Republican Congress’s 1996 changes, the Clinton administration issued guidance that barred consideration of anything other than cash benefits for purposes of determining self-sufficiency. Mark Krikorian, National Review, "Trump’s Commonsense Rule on Immigrant Welfare Use," 13 Aug. 2019 Its exhaust ports were narrowed into tight slits to minimize detection by infrared systems. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-117 Nighthawk Is Such a Badass Plane," 12 Aug. 2019 In order to minimize disruption to flights, only departing passengers with a valid tickets or boarding passes and travel documents would be allowed to enter to the check-in aisles at Terminal 1, said the statement. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong airport occupied by hundreds of protesters as demonstrations enter tenth weekend," 9 Aug. 2019 Conservative media have also begun using Thunberg's character traits in an attempt to minimize her words. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Climate Deniers Launch Personal Attacks on Teen Activist," 9 Aug. 2019 By midday Monday, the Republican battle to minimize the damage was unfolding on two fronts. Anchorage Daily News, "‘He always doubles down’: Inside the political crisis caused by Trump’s racist tweets," 21 July 2019 Jim Beam and environmental officials used equipment to restore oxygen to the water in an attempt to minimize the number of fish killed. chicagotribune.com, "Jim Beam will face fines over lightning-caused bourbon fire that contaminated river," 11 July 2019 Each Kuiper satellite will be able to access two gateway earth stations as part of Amazon's plan to minimize downtime. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Amazon plans nationwide broadband—with both home and mobile service," 8 July 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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