minify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v minify make smaller "He decreased his staff"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Minify To degrade by speech or action.
    • Minify To make small, or smaller; to diminish the apparent dimensions of; to lessen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • minify To make little or less; make small or smaller; lessen; diminish.
    • minify To make of less value or importance; treat as of slight worth; slight; depreciate.
    • minify In both senses opposed to magnify.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Minify min′i-fī to make little or less: to depreciate.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. minor, less + -fly,

Usage

In literature:

But by no means do I ever overlook or minify the fact that this is one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life.
"What Is Man? And Other Stories" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
She had in consequence a host of admirers, pre-eminent among whom was young Robert Minifie of Milanor.
"The Certain Hour" by James Branch Cabell
I here hesitate before a little adventure which I would not make too much of nor yet minify: it seems to me so gentle and winning.
"Familiar Spanish Travels" by W. D. Howells
No doubt engineering may succeed in removing some of the obstacles and in minifying the dangers of this passage.
"The Awakening of China" by W.A.P. Martin
Unless this fact be kept in mind, the influence of the Church upon Masonry, which no one seeks to minify, may easily be exaggerated.
"The Builders" by Joseph Fort Newton
Minifie, George, arrests Harvey, 76; 77; 79; restored to Council, 86.
"Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
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