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"minimize" in British English

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minimizeverb [T]

(UK usually minimise) uk   us   /ˈmɪn.ɪ.maɪz/
C1 to ​reduce something to the least ​possiblelevel or ​amount: We must minimize the ​risk ofinfection. Environmentalists are doing everything within ​theirpower to minimize the ​impact of the ​oilspill.
Opposite
to make something ​seem less ​important or ​smaller than it really is: She ​accusedpoliticians of minimizing the ​suffering of thousands of ​people. It's ​important to ​focus on ​yourstrengths and to minimize ​your weaknesses. to make something ​small on a ​computerscreen : Minimize the ​window by ​clicking in the ​corner.
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minimization
noun [U] uk   /ˌmɪn.ɪ.maɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/  us   /-məˈ-/
(Definition of minimize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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minimizeverb [T]

 us   /ˈmɪn·əˌmɑɪz/
to ​reduce something to the ​smallestpossiblelevel or ​amount: We do all that we can to minimize the ​risk of ​infection. To minimize something is also to make it ​seem less ​important or ​smaller than it really is: He minimized his ​involvement in the ​scandal.
(Definition of minimize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"minimize" in Business English

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minimizeverb [T]

( UK also minimise) uk   us   /ˈmɪnɪmaɪz/
to ​reduce something to the ​smallest possible ​level or ​amount: We ​rented an ​office in the ​cheappart of town to minimize ​costs. You should ​spread your ​investments to minimize the ​risk of large ​losses. The ​airline is ​trying to minimize the ​impact of the ​strike on the ​public. The ​safetyfeaturesaim to prevent or minimize ​injury in the ​case of an accident.
to make something seem less important or ​smaller than it really is: The ​bank was ​accused of minimizing the ​risks and exaggerating the ​potentialgains of the ​investment. It's important to ​focus on your ​strengths and to minimize your weaknesses.
IT to ​click on the ​corner of a ​computerwindow to ​reduce it to a ​smalltitle and hide its ​contents: You can minimize the ​viruscheckerwindow and ​let it ​run in the ​background.
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(Definition of minimize from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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