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minimize

min·i·mize

minimize

 
 
pronunciation:
mI n maIz
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: minimized, minimizes, minimizing
definition 1: to make as small as possible in amount, degree, or size.
The filters minimize the negative effects of the sun.By setting up a quarantine, the doctors hoped to minimize the risk of the disease spreading.
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antonyms:
exaggerate, magnify, maximize
definition 2: to undervalue the importance or worth of.
They minimized the need for insurance.Why do you always minimize my concerns?
antonyms:
exaggerate
similar words:
talk down
derivations: minimization (n.), minimizer (n.)
Word Parts
The word minimize contains the following part:
min Latin root that means small; make smaller
synonyms:
micro-
antonyms:
magn, magna, magni, maxi, mega, megal, megalo, -megaly, macro-