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verb [transitive]     minimize pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
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 British English
/ˌmɪnɪmaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]

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snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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