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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    maximise, maximize
    make as big or large as possible
    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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    amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
    trivialise, trivialize
    make trivial or insignificant
    type of:
    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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    talk down
    belittle through talk
    type of:
    belittle, disparage, pick at
    express a negative opinion of
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