"act or process of reducing to the lowest terms or proportions," 1802, from minimize + noun ending -ation.
"reduce to a minimum, make as little or slight as possible," 1802, first recorded in Bentham; see minimum + -ize. As "to depreciate, treat slightingly," by 1875. Related: Minimized; minimizing.
the end of some nouns of action; see -ate + -ion.
updated on January 23, 2019