from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reduce to the smallest possible amount, extent, size, or degree.
- transitive v. Usage Problem To reduce. See Usage Note at minimal.
- transitive v. To represent as having the least degree of importance, value, or size: minimized the magnitude of the crisis. See Synonyms at decry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make (something) as small or as insignificant as possible.
- v. To remove (a window) from the main display area, collapsing it to an icon or caption.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reduce to the smallest part or proportion possible; to reduce to a minimum.
- transitive v. To represent, to oneself or others, as of no importance or minimal importance or effect; to belittle or disarage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce to a minimum, or to the lowest terms or proportions; make as little or slight as possible; also, to depreciate; treat slightingly: as, to minimize the chances of war. Also spelled minimise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. represent as less significant or important
- v. cause to seem less serious; play down
- v. make small or insignificant
From minimum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin (Wiktionary)