Definition of minimize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪnɪmaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnɪmaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they minimize
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪnɪmaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnɪmaɪz//
    he / she / it minimizes
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪnɪmaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnɪmaɪzɪz//
    past simple minimized
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪnɪmaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnɪmaɪzd//
    past participle minimized
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪnɪmaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnɪmaɪzd//
    -ing form minimizing
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪnɪmaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnɪmaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1minimize something to reduce something, especially something bad, to the lowest possible level Good hygiene helps to minimize the risk of infection. Costs were minimized by using plastic instead of leather. opposite maximize
  2. 2minimize something to try to make something seem less important than it really is synonym play down He always tried to minimize his own faults, while exaggerating those of others.
  3. 3minimize something to make something small, especially on a computer screen Minimize any windows you have open. opposite maximize
  4. Extra examples The proposals are designed to minimize waste and encourage recycling. measures to help minimize the effects of the recession to pay the cheapest possible rent in order to minimize costs They worked at night in order to minimize the disruption.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: minimize