• WordNet 3.6
    • v minimise make small or insignificant "Let's minimize the risk"
    • v minimise represent as less significant or important
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Minimise to reduce to the smallest possible proportions: to treat slightingly
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. minime—L. minimus, minima, the smallest.


In literature:

Not that any such consideration led her to gloss or to minimise the disabilities of her own.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
It is the fashion to-day to minimise the influence of the Goths on the national characteristics of the Spaniard.
"Spanish Life in Town and Country" by L. Higgin and Eugène E. Street
To their credit be it said that they did what they could to minimise the evil.
"The Religion of Numa" by Jesse Benedict Carter
Still less let us commit the folly of minimising it.
"Some Diversions of a Man of Letters" by Edmund William Gosse
Every attempt to minimise the struggle of those earlier ages has failed.
"The War and the Churches" by Joseph McCabe
There was very little risk either of accident or detection, but it was his duty to minimise whatever risk there was.
"The Uttermost Farthing" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
The expansiveness of the Lower Lake appears at first to minimise its beauty, when compared with its smaller companions.
"The Sunny Side of Ireland" by John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
It is astonishing how speedily the charms of a situation are minimised when that situation becomes a necessity instead of a choice.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
Is it not then wise to minimise these potent and dangerous allies?
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The sides and ends of the vans are padded all round to minimise their injuries in the event of an accident.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
Do we strive, not to minimise our service and His claims, but to be wholly His?
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St John, Vol. II" by Marcus Dods
Miss Sikkum strove to minimise the exhibition of feminine bone-structure.
"Patricia Brent, Spinster" by Herbert Jenkins
It was published in 1755, and urges that man should find circumstances in which depravity is minimised.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
I think he considered that he had already said too much, and he quite obviously attempted to minimise it.
"Here and Hereafter" by Barry Pain
Anna, melancholy and taciturn, exerted herself to minimise the discomfort of her scholars.
"Anna of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
Can we not give up prescription altogether for parts of the work and minimise it for others?
"The Montessori Method" by Maria Montessori
The elegist does not attempt to deny this, or to minimise the fact.
"Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon" by Walter Adeney
The assumption is exactly analogous to that made when an angle of slope is unwittingly minimised.
"Curiosities of Light and Sight" by Shelford Bidwell
Ought we to minimise the communalism of the mediaeval village?
"The Agrarian Problem in the Sixteenth Century" by Richard Henry Tawney
No one in these days would seek to minimise the untold advantages which sea power confers upon those who wield it.
"The Way to Win" by William Le Queux

In news:

We propose a measure of predictive influence of data points modelled by PCA which we minimise to drive the clustering process.
A general framework for minimisation -based belief change is presented.
London, 30 January, 2012 – New guidelines from the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) aimed at minimising surgical infection in day centres and primary care are now published in The Journal of Hospital Infection.
One of the objectives of Palestinians, non- Zionist Israelis and others has to be to minimise the turmoil produced by that transition.
The deal they have stitched together to minimise their potential losses as leading lenders to Ligresti companies is convoluted and inequitable.

In science:

We ha ve fitted the 30 pro files simultaneously, using a χ2 minimisation method, with a centered and a decentered-dipole model.
Characterisation of the magnetic field of the Herbig Be star HD 200775
Then we applied a χ2 minimisation to find the best model which matches simultaneousl y our 30 observed profiles.
Characterisation of the magnetic field of the Herbig Be star HD 200775
We considered an oblique rotator model and we applied χ2 minimisation to match simultaneously the 30 Stokes V profiles that we observed over more than one year.
Characterisation of the magnetic field of the Herbig Be star HD 200775
An optimal strategy for Min can then be used as the basis for the synthesis of a “good” driver, i.e. one which minimises the probability of entering the error state independently of the behaviour of the user.
Solving Simple Stochastic Games with Few Random Vertices
It is easy to see that the function is minimised for mmin = ln 2 2κ , where ln denotes the natural logarithm.
Sampling of min-entropy relative to quantum knowledge
In this case, stable front solutions minimise the energy functional F , and depending on the forcing γ they can be chiral (γ < γIB = 1/3) or achiral (γ ≥ γIB ).
Breaking chirality in nonequilibrium systems on the lattice
The Sobolev constant is defined (Definition 4.8) in terms of a minimisation over functions on the state space.
Random Quantum Circuits are Approximate 2-designs
The values of the posteriors h/b and hβ are fixed by minimising this expression of χ2 .
The 3-dimensional random walk with applications to overstretched DNA and the protein titin
We keep the value of one of the fit parameter fixed (at the value that minimises χ2 ) while varying the other.
The 3-dimensional random walk with applications to overstretched DNA and the protein titin
But if s is the permutation that minimises the distance Ds for ((di j )) then s◦ p gives the minimum distance for (dp(i) j ).
On the number of $k$-cycles in the assignment problem for random matrices
To minimise the effect the interferometer should be designed as a zero-area Sagnac.
Triple Michelson Interferometer for a Third-Generation Gravitational Wave Detector
The binary flux ratio has been adjusted separately at each given positio n to minimise the χ2 .
A near-infrared interferometric survey of debris disc stars. II. CHARA/FLUOR observations of six early-type dwarfs
Ther efore, a simulated annealing algorithm was used to minimise the statistic above.
High Spatial Resolution Galactic 3D Extinction Mapping with IPHAS
Minimisation leads to a system of (three) linear equations whose solution is derived in detail in Appendix A.1.
The generalised Lomb-Scargle periodogram. A new formalism for the floating-mean and Keplerian periodograms
The search for the best- fitting sine function is a multidimen sional χ2 -minimisation problem with four parameters: period P, amplitude A, phase ϕ and offset c (or frequency ω = 2π/P, a, b and c).
The generalised Lomb-Scargle periodogram. A new formalism for the floating-mean and Keplerian periodograms