Pronunciation: (min'u-mīz"), [key]
—v.t., -mized, -miz•ing.
1. to reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree.
2. to represent at the lowest possible amount, value, importance, influence, etc., esp. in a disparaging way; belittle. Also, esp. Brit.,min'i•mise".
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