min·i·mize v. t. [imp. & p. p. minimized p. pr. & vb. n. minimizing ]
1. To reduce to the smallest part or proportion possible; to reduce to a minimum.
v 1: make small or insignificant; "Let's minimize the risk" [syn:
minimise] [ant: maximize, maximize]
2: represent as less significant or important [syn: understate,
minimise, downplay] [ant: overstate]
3: belittle; "Don't belittle his influence" [syn: belittle, denigrate,