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Verb: minimise  'mi-nu,mIz
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: minimize)
  1. Represent as less significant or important
    "Again the raw growth numbers minimise the gain in economic well-being";
    - understate, minimize, downplay
  2. Make small or insignificant
    "Let's minimise the risk";
    - minimize
  3. Cause to seem less serious; play down
    "Don't minimise his influence";
    - minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogate

Derived forms: minimised, minimises, minimising

Type of: belittle, decrease, disparage, inform, lessen, minify, pick at

Antonym: maximise [Brit]