Meaning of minimize

minimize




The verb minimize describes making something smaller or less serious. It typically refers to something negative that is being reduced, like when you eat at home instead of in restaurants to minimize expenses.

To correctly pronounce minimize, accent the first syllable, which gets the short i sound: “MIH-nuh-mize.” Minimize looks like minimum, which has the same spelling and meaning in English and Latin: smallest. To minimize something is to reduce it to its smallest amount — in size or importance. Other related words include minimal, miniscule, minute, and mini.

Definitions of minimize
  1. verb

    make small or insignificant

    “Let’s
    minimize the risk”
    synonyms:

    minimise

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    Antonyms:

    maximise, maximize

    make as big or large as possible
    types:

    hedge

    minimize loss or risk
    type of:

    decrease, lessen, minify

    make smaller

  2. verb

    represent as less significant or important

    synonyms:

    downplay, minimise, understate

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    Antonyms:

    amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate

    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
    types:

    trivialise, trivialize

    make trivial or insignificant
    type of:

    inform

    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

  3. verb

    cause to seem less serious; play down

    synonyms:

    belittle, denigrate, derogate

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    types:

    talk down

    belittle through talk
    type of:

    belittle, disparage, pick at

    express a negative opinion of

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