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 minimize (audio) \ noun
minimizer \ ˈmi-​nə-​ˌmī-​zər How to pronounce minimize (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 The protesters are demanding that Mr. Modi repeal recent farming laws that would minimize the government’s role in agriculture and open more space for private investors. New York Times, "In the Cold and Rain, India’s Farmers Press Their Stand Against Modi," 9 Jan. 2021 Dietitian and food writer Knowles dedicates almost 100 pages of her book to training readers how to shop for healthy ingredients, build nutritionally balanced dishes and prepare those with techniques that minimize excess calories. Paul Stephen,, "6 new healthy, vegan, plant-based vegetarian and gluten-free cookbooks to kick off the new year," 30 Dec. 2020 Automation helps Companies can minimize the cost of labor by automating and rely instead on a new class of worker who combines engineering and mathematical skills with experience gained from trade schools and apprenticeship. Michael Braga, USA TODAY, "American manufacturers pine for home as COVID disruptions, Trump tariffs shake up supplies," 18 Dec. 2020 These steps include using dental procedures that minimize aerosols, in addition to other public health measures like mask-wearing and physical distancing. Sheila Eldred, SELF, "How Safe Is the Doctor’s Office During the Pandemic?," 8 Dec. 2020 The early juice runs were kept separate, as Bell’s research indicated this could minimize the smoke impact. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Willamette Valley wineries turn lemons into lemonade with smoke-tainted 2020 vintage," 5 Dec. 2020 Power shutoffs expected Southern California Edison preemptively shut off power as of early Thursday to over 33,000 customers in Riverside, Los Angeles and nearby counties to minimize the threat of wildfire. Pedram Javaheri, CNN, "Southern California braces for extreme fire weather as preemptive power shutoffs begin," 3 Dec. 2020 The rules also minimize drilling in wildlife migration corridors, critical habitats and wetlands, Lucy Haggard reports for the Colorado Sun. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: In the West, opposing natural gas is tricky — even for a Democrat with climate cred," 26 Nov. 2020 According to the proposal, a pick-up area likely wouldn’t be visible from any public street and would fit into existing parking lots with a pattern that would minimize cars stacking up. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Maitland nixes proposal to allow new areas for curbside takeout at restaurants," 24 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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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Minimize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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