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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To reduce in size
  • v. 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
  • v. To remove white space and unnecessary characters from a web page in order to reduce its size and improve download time

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • v. make smaller


min(imum) + (magn)ify.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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