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verb [transitive] minimize pronunciation in American English /ˈmɪnɪˌmaɪz/
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present participleminimizing
past tenseminimized
past participleminimized
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  1. 1
    to reduce something harmful or unpleasant to the smallest amount or degree

    We must minimize the damage to innocent civilians.

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

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

  3. 3
    computing to make a computer program appear as only a small picture on your computer screen when you are not using it

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


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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