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verb [transitive] minimize pronunciation in American English /ˈmɪnɪˌmaɪz/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyminimize
he/she/itminimizes
present participleminimizing
past tenseminimized
past participleminimized
  1. 1
    to reduce something harmful or unpleasant to the smallest amount or degree

    We must minimize the damage to innocent civilians.

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  2. 2
    to make something seem much less important than it really is

    I don't want to minimize their role in the campaign.

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 minimize pronunciation in American English /ˌmɪnɪmɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/  noun [uncountable]

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