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tr.v. min·i·mized, min·i·miz·ing, min·i·miz·es
1. To reduce to the smallest possible amount, extent, size, or degree.
2. To represent as having the least degree of importance, value, or size: minimized the magnitude of the crisis.

[From minimum.]

min′i·mi·za′tion (-mĭ-zā′shən) n.
min′i·miz′er n.
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Adj.1.minimized - reduced to the smallest possible size or amount or degreeminimized - reduced to the smallest possible size or amount or degree
decreased, reduced - made less in size or amount or degree
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It had not been my intention to be distracted from the main issue of the campaign, but we must settle this attack with the therns once and for all, or there will be no peace for us while our fleet remains near Dor, and our chances of ever returning to the outer world will be greatly minimized."
Ahead of the hauptmann marched half his company, behind him the other half--thus were the dangers of the savage jungle minimized for the German captain.
Considered item by item, the emotional content was minimized, and all went forward smoothly.
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Top and tails must be minimized to reduce energy use and improve productivity.
Friction, heat build-up, mold wear, and part-quality problems are all said to be minimized by a new Greaseless Mold Carrier and Alignment System (GMCAS) from Holmes Engineering, LLC, Lawrence, Kan.
The factors that compromise baling efficiency can be minimized by using the proper charge box opening for the material to be baled, says Sidney Wildes, president of IPS Balers Inc., Baxley, Ga.
The result is that doctor influence is minimized and problems persist.
"Risk can be minimized when transitioning to a new water treatment program through careful supplier selection, development of a clear transition plan with agreeable and achievable goals, and a well thought out contingency plan for managing the unexpected," said Ciba's Philippe "Successful transition plans balance the risks and benefits.
The machine uses the "Driven at the Center of Gravity" approach that Mori Seiki has pioneered, which essentially means that the company deploys two parallel ballscrews along the spindle axis so that vibrations are minimized. This leads to high precision.
Combining day lighting with electronic sensor controls can minimize electrical energy use, and by dimming or turning lights off when there is sufficient natural light, wasted energy is minimized. To do this, Photocells are used in conjunction with occupancy sensors, which shut lights off when rooms are empty, and electronic sensor control provides the maximum energy efficiency for lights.
Daily backups get gradually larger, but the restore time is minimized compared to full or incremental backups.