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English definition of “minimize”

minimize

verb [T] (UK usually minimise)     /ˈmɪn.ɪ.maɪz/
C1 to reduce something to the least possible level or amount: We must minimize the risk of infection. Environmentalists are doing everything within their power to minimize the impact of the oil spill. → Opposite maximizeBecoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong to make something seem less important or smaller than it really is: She accused the government of minimizing the suffering of thousands of people. It's important to focus on your strengths and to minimize your weaknesses.Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding to make something small on a computer screen : Minimize the window by clicking in the corner. → Compare maximize minimization     /ˌmɪn.ɪ.maɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ US  /-məˈ-/ noun [U] Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
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