minimize

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

v make small or insignificant

“Let's minimize the risk”
Synonyms:
minimise
Antonyms:
maximise, maximize
make as big or large as possible
Types:
hedge
minimize loss or risk
Type of:
decrease, lessen, minify
make smaller

v represent as less significant or important

Synonyms:
downplay, minimise, understate
Antonyms:
amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
Types:
trivialise, trivialize
make trivial or insignificant
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v cause to seem less serious; play down

Synonyms:
belittle, denigrate, derogate
Types:
talk down
belittle through talk
Type of:
belittle, disparage, pick at
express a negative opinion of

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