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verb [transitive]     minimize pronunciation in American English
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present tense
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.

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


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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