Definition of minimize in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Reduce (something, especially something unwanted or unpleasant) to the smallest possible amount or degree.

    ‘the aim is to minimize costs’
    • ‘Immunity from accident cannot be guaranteed, but it is possible to minimise the risk.’
    • ‘I have been icing them, keeping my foot elevated, and minimizing the amount of walking I do.’
    • ‘In addition, trappers check their trap lines on a daily basis, minimizing the amount of time the animal waits.’
    • ‘The school is concentrating on reducing and minimising the amount of litter produced, while encouraging recycling and composting.’
    • ‘This does assume somehow that air transport is a scarce resource, and therefore that the total amount carried must be minimised wherever possible.’
    • ‘Political stability demanded that the creation of inveterate enemies be minimized.’
    • ‘This step-by-step approach enables an organization to leverage specific third party expertise, minimising both cost and risk.’
    • ‘All of these steps are important in reducing and minimizing the cost that the United States has to pay for what it did.’
    • ‘By moving out of these gradually, it may be possible to balance losses against gains and minimise the amount of tax paid.’
    • ‘Every possible measure to minimize coalition casualties was taken.’
    • ‘This involves minimising the amount of waste created in the school and keeping the building and the grounds clean and tidy.’
    • ‘You have put off committing yourself as long as possible, and have minimised the amount of warning that France receives.’
    • ‘To the extent these reforms succeed they'd yield a double dividend: solving the problems we face now, while minimising the degree of compulsion required in the future.’
    • ‘Change is minimised where possible, to allow for as little disruption to the practice as possible.’
    • ‘Working alongside the recycling schemes will also be a project aimed at minimising the amount of waste produced by the county in the first place.’
    • ‘The materials used are usually minimized or changed to reduce production time and cost.’
    • ‘Go over as much of the cut-in area as possible to minimize any visible changes in texture.’
    • ‘Every one of us wants to get the highest possible return while we minimize our risk.’
    • ‘The reduced complement minimises training costs and increase combat efficiency by making more space, while a larger payload enhances the ship's autonomy.’
    • ‘One variant of the scheme would see the card combined with the new-style photographic driving licence, thus minimising the amount of plastic needing to be carried in the typical wallet.’
    keep down, keep at a minimum, keep to a minimum, reduce, decrease, cut back on, cut down, lessen, curtail, diminish, prune, pare down, shrink
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    1. 1.1 Represent or estimate at less than the true value or importance.
      ‘they may minimize, or even overlook, the importance of such beliefs’
      • ‘This is an extremely important phase of the war, and its import should not be minimized.’
      • ‘Although Paul minimises the importance of athletic training, he does not dismiss it as worthless.’
      • ‘To recognize this political fact and state it bluntly in no way minimizes the criminal repression carried out by the ruling elite in Russia against the Chechen people.’
      • ‘Because evangelization was the ultimate goal, Scales minimizes the importance of the social work conducted at the center.’
      • ‘She works hard to make people like her and tries to minimize the importance of grades.’
      • ‘In the case of an individual colleague it is important to encourage a description of what happened, and to begin by accepting this assessment and not minimising the importance of the mistake.’
      • ‘He gets the job just because he is your nephew, which makes him harder to fire and minimizes the true importance of IT in your organization.’
      • ‘However, others feel that the inclusion of much which is magic into his works minimises the importance of those remarkable insights.’
      • ‘In ignorance, they seek to belittle it and minimise its importance to the individual.’
      • ‘We do not want to minimise the importance of clinical negligence as a matter of concern to the health service.’
      • ‘The earth's importance should not be minimized even when contemplating the heavens.’
      • ‘To describe this as a collection of large digital photos alongside text is to minimise its impact and importance.’
      • ‘First, the television news programs downplayed and minimized it.’
      • ‘However, their value is minimized if the attackers can obtain the appropriate keys by other means.’
      • ‘None the less, these are important issues and I am not minimising their significance in any way.’
      • ‘He offends progressives by minimizing the importance of venerable social villains such as poverty.’
      • ‘If the nature of the hope is different and the wait turns out to be longer than we or they expected, that neither erases nor minimizes the value of their witness.’
      • ‘That manifests itself in a cosy collectivism that seeks to minimise the importance of any problem.’
      • ‘Every since that we've been minimizing the significance and the importance of this process.’
      • ‘It would be easy to minimize and underestimate the importance of money in later Anglo-Saxon England.’
      belittle, make light of, play down, underestimate, underrate, make little of, downplay, underplay, undervalue, detract from, sell short, de-emphasize, understate, discount, soft-pedal, reduce, lessen, brush aside, gloss over, trivialize, decry, disparage, deprecate, depreciate, denigrate
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