Definition of minimize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈminəˌmīz/


[with object]
1Reduce (something, especially something unwanted or unpleasant) to the smallest possible amount or degree: the aim is to minimize costs
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  • The school is concentrating on reducing and minimising the amount of litter produced, while encouraging recycling and composting.
  • This does assume somehow that air transport is a scarce resource, and therefore that the total amount carried must be minimised wherever possible.
  • You have put off committing yourself as long as possible, and have minimised the amount of warning that France receives.
keep down, keep at/to a minimum, reduce, decrease, cut down, lessen, curtail, diminish, prune
informal slash
1.1Represent or estimate at less than the true value or importance: they may minimize, or even overlook, the importance of such beliefs
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  • He gets the job just because he is your nephew, which makes him harder to fire and minimizes the true importance of IT in your organization.
  • In ignorance, they seek to belittle it and minimise its importance to the individual.
  • That manifests itself in a cosy collectivism that seeks to minimise the importance of any problem.



Pronunciation: /ˌminəməˈzāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ˌminəˌmīˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • If this were a book uniquely on the spiritual disciplines, this would be an understandable minimization.
  • For complex reasons, I think there's been a lack of understanding or almost a minimisation of the depth of feeling that children can experience.
  • The booklet is a response to the ongoing denial and minimization that many well-intentioned white people display when they are challenged about racism.


Example sentences
  • Part of the problem with boys' unwillingness to share domestic responsibilities - four in 10 are ‘open minimisers’ who bluntly voice their desire to avoid housework and leave it to their partners - may be due to their martyr-like mothers.
  • Sparky Anderson, a Hall of Famer, is one of the leading minimizers of a manager's importance, without any apparent disingenuousness.
  • Still, even minimizers can't resist a good tag sale - 31 percent admit to buying someone else's junk in the past year.

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Syllabification: min·i·mize

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