minimize

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verb min·i·mize \ˈmi-nə-ˌmīz\

Definition of minimize

minimized

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minimizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce or keep to a minimum minimize costs minimize delays

  3. 2 :  to underestimate intentionally :  play down, soft-pedal minimizing losses in our own forces while maximizing those of the enemy

  4. 3 :  to replace (a window) on a computer display with a small button or icon which will restore the window when selected

minimization

play \ˌmi-nə-mə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

minimizer

play \ˈmi-nə-ˌmī-zər\ noun

Examples of minimize in a Sentence

  1. We need to minimize the chance of error.

  2. The company will work to minimize costs.

  3. I don't want to minimize the contributions he has made to the company.

  4. During the interview, she minimized her weaknesses and emphasized her strengths.

  5. Please minimize all open windows.

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First Known Use of minimize

1825


MINIMIZE Defined for English Language Learners

minimize

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Definition of minimize for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

minimize

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verb min·i·mize \ˈmi-nə-ˌmīz\

Definition of minimize for Students

minimized

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minimizing

  1. 1 :  to make as small as possible Safety rules minimized the risks.

  2. 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. 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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