• 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

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