English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'minimize'

(verb) 
Definition
to reduce to the lowest possible degree or amount
You can minimize these problems with sensible planning.
Synonyms
reduce
Consumption is being reduced by 25 per cent.
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decrease
The medication is said to decrease the risk of heart attack.
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shrink
The vast forests have shrunk.
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diminish
Federalism is intended to diminish the power of the central state.
, ,
curtail
NATO plans to curtail the number of troops being sent to the region.
The celebrations had to be curtailed because of bad weather.
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attenuate
Preparation and training can attenuate risk.
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downsize
,
miniaturize
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to regard or treat as less important than it really is
Some have minimized the importance of these factors.
Synonyms
play down
, ,
underestimate
Never underestimate what you can learn from a group of like-minded people.
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belittle
We mustn't belittle her outstanding achievement.
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disparage
his tendency to disparage literature
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decry
He is impatient with those who decry the scheme.
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underrate
He underrated the seriousness of William's head injury.
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deprecate
They deprecate him and call him names.
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depreciate
Intellectual parents may depreciate a child's athletic interests.
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make light or little of
Opposites
, , , ,
vaunt
,
boast about

Additional synonyms

in the sense of attenuate
Preparation and training can attenuate risk.
Synonyms
sap,
water down,
enfeeble,
devaluate
in the sense of belittle
Definition
to treat (something or someone) as having little value or importance
We mustn't belittle her outstanding achievement.
in the sense of curtail
Definition
to restrict
NATO plans to curtail the number of troops being sent to the region.The celebrations had to be curtailed because of bad weather.
Synonyms
cut,
cut back,
cut short,
pare down,

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