Etymology
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minimize (v.)

"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.

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Definitions of minimize

minimize (v.)
make small or insignificant;
Let's minimize the risk
Synonyms: minimise
minimize (v.)
represent as less significant or important;
minimize (v.)
cause to seem less serious; play down;
Synonyms: belittle / denigrate / derogate
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