Minimize definition

mĭnə-mīz
To estimate or make appear to be of the least possible amount, value, or importance.
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To reduce to the smallest possible amount, extent, size, or degree.
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To make (something) as small or as insignificant as possible.
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(computing, graphical user interface) To remove (a window) from the main display area, collapsing it to an icon or caption.

I didn't close anything, but I minimized all the windows so I could see the desktop.

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To reduce to a minimum; decrease to the least possible amount, degree, etc.
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Minimize is defined as to reduce, decrease or lessen to the smallest possible amount.

An example of minimize is for medication to reduce pain.

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A feature of a graphics-based operating system that hides the application currently on screen. To show the app is still open, an icon representing the program is placed on the Taskbar in Windows or the Dock in the Mac. Clicking the Taskbar or Dock icon restores the application to its previous size and location on screen. Contrast with maximize. See Win Minimize windows.
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To represent as having the least degree of importance, value, or size.

Minimized the magnitude of the crisis.

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Origin of minimize

  • From minimum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin.

    From Wiktionary