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verb [transitive] minimize pronunciation in British English /ˈmɪnɪmaɪz/
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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.

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 minimize pronunciation in British English /ˌmɪnɪmaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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