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 These star anti-aging ingredients work together to reduce puffiness, and in turn reduce the appearance of dark circles by minimizing shadows. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Tracee Ellis Ross Swears By This Yon-Ka Eye Cream in Her Anti-Aging Routine," 7 Nov. 2019 This ultra rare mutation appears to help stave off the disease by minimizing the binding of a particular sugar compound to an important gene. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "Why Didn’t She Get Alzheimer’s? The Answer Could Hold a Key to Fighting the Disease," 4 Nov. 2019 Asked why lines in those areas were not shut off, Vesey said the utility looks at minimizing the opportunity for catastrophic fires. Peter Behr, Scientific American, "California Investigates Blackouts as New Fires Flare," 29 Oct. 2019 The commission also plans to look at decreasing the need to shut off power during events such as wildfires and use partnerships in the technology community to identify projects capable of minimizing the need to shut off power. Amir Vera, CNN, "California opens investigation into companies shutting off power during wildfires," 28 Oct. 2019 Domestic violence is extraordinarily serious and everyone in baseball must use care to not engage in any behavior — whether intentional or not — that could be construed as minimizing the egregiousness of an act of domestic violence. Des Bieler, The Denver Post, "Sports Illustrated reporter describes “shocking” incident with Astros executive," 23 Oct. 2019 Their main reasons for using a sun umbrella were to avoid wrinkles, protect their skin and, last, minimize the risk of skin cancer. Jonathan Coopersmith, Quartzy, "Americans are not using umbrellas as they were intended," 14 Sep. 2019 By minimizing OxyContin’s market share, the per-pill sales data that Purdue prefers also muffles the drug’s outsized impact in certain states, especially in the Northeast. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Data Touted by OxyContin Maker to Fight Lawsuits Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story," 9 Sep. 2019 Cuomo has faced some backlash in the past for minimizing the n-word. al, "Chris Cuomo compares ‘Fredo’ to the ‘n-word’," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of minimize

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of minimize was in 1825

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minimize

verb
How to pronounce minimize (audio)

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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