[min-uh-mahyz] /ˈmɪn əˌmaɪz/

verb (used with object), minimized, minimizing.
to reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree.
to represent at the lowest possible amount, value, importance, influence, etc., especially in a disparaging way; belittle.
verb (transitive)
to reduce to or estimate at the least possible degree or amount: to minimize a risk
to rank or treat at less than the true worth; belittle: to minimize someone’s achievements

1802, first recorded in Bentham; see minimum + -ize.


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