What does minimize mean?

Definitions for minimizeˈmɪn əˌmaɪz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word minimize.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. minimize, minimise(verb)

    make small or insignificant

    "Let's minimize the risk"

  2. understate, minimize, minimise, downplay(verb)

    represent as less significant or important

  3. minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogate(verb)

    cause to seem less serious; play down

    "Don't belittle his influence"


  1. minimize(v. t.)

    To represent, to oneself or others, as of no importance or minimal importance or effect; to belittle or disarage.


  1. minimize(Verb)

    To make (something) as small or as insignificant as possible.

  2. minimize(Verb)

    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.

  3. Origin: From Latin

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minimize(verb)

    to reduce to the smallest part or proportion possible; to reduce to a minimum

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. minimize

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. minimize

    To click on a computer, internet web page, program or software symbol to move it to another display size or location as per the symbol creation.

    He clicked on the window size icon of the web page to move it from full size to the desktop bar on the laptop.

  2. minimize

    To investigate or review a process or outcome to understand the root cause and change it to ensure a different outcome.

    The company needed to minimize the number of faulty products so they had to review all processes to change the outcome and ensure it was not repeated.

  3. minimize

    To change of reduce the size of data to increase storage capacity.

    The optical compression minimized the data to ensure efficient storage capacity and space.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of minimize in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of minimize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Abu Bakr:

    We try to minimize the manpower.

  2. Ian Drennan:

    Having some kind of response plan will minimize avoidable delays.

  3. Gregory Gordon:

    We need to try to minimize Chapter 11 time and expense as much as possible.

  4. Rachelle Fisher:

    The industry has shown a willingness to address and minimize these sorts of issues.

  5. Colin Rea:

    I wasn't efficient today, i have to learn to get early contact to minimize pitches.

Images & Illustrations of minimize

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Translations for minimize

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • minimalizovatCzech
  • minimierenGerman
  • minimizarSpanish
  • ahendama, minimaliseerimaEstonian
  • vähätellä, minimoidaFinnish
  • réduire, minimiserFrench
  • íosmhéadaigh, íoslaghdaighIrish
  • minimizzareItalian
  • לְצַמְצֵםHebrew
  • 最小化Japanese
  • obscuro, abscondoLatin
  • minimizarPortuguese
  • минимизировать, свернуть, сворачивать, сводить к минимумуRussian
  • minimera, döljaSwedish
  • cüceleştirmek, simge durumuna küçült, küçültmek, küçült, asgarīye indirmek, en aza indirgemek, azaltmakTurkish

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