Part of speech: verb

To reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree.

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Usage examples "minimize":

  1. That she appreciated gratefully Struve's quick kindness did not minimize her own mortification. - "The Bells of San Juan", Jackson Gregory.
  2. He saw, too, from Mr. Tredegar's protracted silence, that the latter counted on the effect of this embarrassment, and was resolved not to minimize it by giving him a lead; and this had the effect of increasing his caution. - "The Fruit of the Tree", Edith Wharton.
  3. But since the acts of 1903, 1906, and 1910, and especially since the passage of the Transportation Act of 1920, there has been such high promise of efficient regulation as to minimize the movement toward government ownership. - "Problems in American Democracy", Thames Ross Williamson.