minimize ( minimizes 3rd person present) ( minimizing present participle) ( minimized past tense & past participle )
in BRIT, also use minimise
1 verb If you minimize a risk, problem, or unpleasant situation, you reduce it to the lowest possible level, or prevent it increasing beyond that level., (Antonym: maximize)
Many of these problems can be minimised by sensible planning. V n
2 verb If you minimize something, you make it seem smaller or less significant than it really is.
(=play down) (Antonym: maximize)
Some have minimized the importance of ideological factors... V n
3 verb If you minimize a window on a computer screen, you make it very small, because you do not want to use it., (Antonym: maximize)
Click the square icon again to minimize the window. V n
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