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Definition of "minimize" []

  • To reduce to the smallest possible amount, extent, size, or degree. (verb-transitive)
  • Usage Problem To reduce. See Usage Note at minimal. (verb-transitive)
  • To represent as having the least degree of importance, value, or size: minimized the magnitude of the crisis. See Synonyms at decry. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "minimize" in a sentence
  • ""reasons to be pretty" (yes, the title is annoyingly lower case) deals with Greg's four-year involvement with Steph, and what happens after a friend of hers overhears Greg disparage - or is it "minimize" - Steph's looks during some dude talk with his buddy Kent."
  • "In his comments on the call, Mr. Eisman said he didn't intend to "minimize" the current management's efforts to help the company survive the financial crisis."
  • "Or is he perhaps concerned that these marriages will somehow "minimize" the traditional importance of men and women marrying, and raising a family?"