Definitions for minimizeˈmɪn əˌmaɪz
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
min•i•mizeˈmɪn əˌmaɪz(v.t.)-mized, -miz•ing.
to reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree.
to represent at the lowest possible value or importance, esp. in a disparaging way; belittle.
Origin of minimize:
make small or insignificant
"Let's minimize the risk"
understate, minimize, minimise, downplay(verb)
represent as less significant or important
minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogate(verb)
cause to seem less serious; play down
"Don't belittle his influence"
To make (something) as small or as insignificant as possible.
To remove (a window) from the main display area, collapsing it to an icon or caption.
I didn't close anything, but I minimized all the windows so I could see the desktop.
Origin: From Latin
to reduce to the smallest part or proportion possible; to reduce to a minimum
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
A condition wherein normal message and telephone traffic is drastically reduced in order that messages connected with an actual or simulated emergency shall not be delayed.