• (GA) IPA: /ˈmɪnɨmaɪz/

minimize (minimizes, present participle minimizing; past and past participle minimized)

  1. (transitive) To make (something) as small or as insignificant as possible.
  2. (computing, transitive, 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.
  3. (transitive) To treat (someone) slightingly.
    • 1993, Jan McDaniel, One Golden Summer (page 95)
      […] father who had never openly minimized him or anything he did […]
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