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Today's Lesson
MAXIMIZE / MINIMIZE   最大にする/最小にする


  • To maximize something is to increase it as much as possible.

    To minimize something is to reduce it as much as possible.
  • maximize は、何かをできるだけ増大させる、最大にする、という意味です。

    minimize は、何かをできるだけ減少させる、最小にする、という意味です。


  1. Airlines can maximize profits by filling all their seats.
  2. We hired a consultant to suggest ways that we could maximize traffic to our Web site.
  3. You can maximize your chances of getting approved for a business loan by having a professional look over your business plan.
  4. We've tried to minimize energy costs by replacing some of our old appliances with newer models that are more cost-efficient to run.
  5. Every computer system will eventually crash, but you can minimize the damage to your business by backing up your data frequently.
  6. What's the best way to minimize the risk of credit card fraud?

英会話レッスンNow that's taking it to the max!