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 That semester will be shorter than normal and will not have a spring break in order to minimize the possibility that students travel around during the semester. Vandana Ravikumar, Dallas News, "Texas A&M chancellor encourages college students to get COVID-19 test before returning home for Thanksgiving," 17 Nov. 2020 What happens next: Shares may be added to the index in two separate tranches in order to minimize disruption, per S&P Dow Jones Indices. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Elon Musk is now an A-lister on Wall Street," 17 Nov. 2020 In order to minimize risk and exposure due to COVID-19, the league moved to a 20-game schedule where teams will play one league opponent in a two-game series each week. James Weber, The Enquirer, "NKU basketball announces pandemic-altered Horizon League schedule," 5 Nov. 2020 Pick up the vegetables a few pieces at a time, allowing excess batter to drip off, and transfer to the hot oil, getting your hand as close as possible to the surface before letting go in order to minimize splashing. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Time for tempura: Traditional and modern recipes for the Japanese favorite," 4 Nov. 2020 Biskupic concluded that Mensah provided misleading information to the public in order to minimize the significance of his own conduct. Todd Richmond,, "Wisconsin cop should be fired after 3 fatal shootings over 5 years in Milwaukee suburb, investigators conclude," 7 Oct. 2020 That also has a rotating, part-time schedule in order to minimize the number of people in the office. Paul Kiel, ProPublica, "Debt Collectors Have Made a Fortune This Year. Now They’re Coming for More.," 5 Oct. 2020 Administering them will require scheduling appointments with extra care in order to minimize waste, but also discarding unused doses if needed for safety. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Most Complicated Vaccine Campaign in History," 28 Sep. 2020 Pat Rowan, executive director of the association of 32 Meals on Wheels programs, said the program has cut back the number of volunteer routes to deliver the same number of meals but less frequently to minimize COVID-19 risk. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, "Minnesota nonprofits face volunteer shortage as COVID-19 cases rise and holidays near," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of minimize

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of minimize was in 1825

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24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Minimize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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 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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