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“Minimizing” or “Minimising”


Minimizing and minimising are both English terms.


Minimizing is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while minimising is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
minimizing 99 37 69 97 97 31 0 49 40 100 0 0
minimising 1 63 31 3 3 69 0 51 60 0 0 0

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "minimizing" over "minimising" (99 to 1).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 63 to 37 preference for "minimising" over "minimizing".
  • In India, there is a preference for "minimizing" over "minimising" (69 to 31).
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "minimizing" over "minimising" (97 to 3).
  • In Canada, there is a preference for "minimizing" over "minimising" (97 to 3).
  • In Australia, there is a 69 to 31 preference for "minimising" over "minimizing".
  • In Liberia, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "minimizing" and "minimising".
  • In Ireland, there is a 51 to 49 preference for "minimising" over "minimizing".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 60 to 40 preference for "minimising" over "minimizing".
  • In Jamaica, there is a preference for "minimizing" over "minimising" (100 to 0).
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "minimizing" and "minimising".
  • In Guyana, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "minimizing" and "minimising".

Below, we provide some examples of when to use minimizing or minimising with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “minimizing”

  • cycle in some way thereby minimizing the likelihood of infection.
  • hence have slower evaporation rates, minimizing this effect.
  • delivery of goods and in minimizing extortion by public officials.
  • on reducing file sizes and "minimizing the number of requests needed
  • spread array is useful in minimizing the near field effects of
  • casualties during close combat while minimizing danger to friendly personnel exposed
  • chamber warmer during standby time, minimizing warm-up time.
  • optimize efficiency and safety while minimizing cost and environmental damage.
  • Minimizing mechanical complexity, removing mechanical aperture
  • food pairing with some ingredients minimizing the heat of the wine

Examples of “minimising”

  • affected by our research activity; minimising the negative environmental impact of
  • be produced rapidly and cheaply, minimising the need for in-demand skills
  • subspace to multivariate data by minimising the chi distances.
  • or illness affirming, that is minimising or excessive relative to the
  • that maximize surface area while minimising self-shading.
  • are stopped at the station, minimising the disruption to road traffic.
  • Procedures for minimising the impact of sonar are
  • 2007, with a view to minimising the effect of the bypass
  • congestion and air pollution and minimising the need for new vehicular
  • stopping at the appropriate platform, minimising the amount of time the

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