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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  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
v.
avoid or at least minimize risks ; choose the safest way in case of doubt
to be on the safe side ; play safe

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