Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make smaller or less significant; reduce.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make little or less; make small or smaller; lessen; diminish.
  • To make of less value or importance; treat as of slight worth; slight; depreciate.
  • In both senses opposed to magnify.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make small, or smaller; to diminish the apparent dimensions of; to lessen.
  • transitive verb To degrade by speech or action.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To reduce in size
  • verb To reduce in apparent size, as for example objects viewed through a lens or mirror shaped so as to increase the field of view, such as a convex or aspheric mirror or a Fresnel lens
  • verb computing To remove white space and unnecessary characters from a web page in order to reduce its size and improve download time

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make smaller

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[min(imum) + (magn)ify.]

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