max·​i·​mize | \ ˈmak-sə-ˌmīz How to pronounce maximize (audio) \
maximized; maximizing

Definition of maximize

transitive verb

1 : to increase to a maximum
2 : to make the most of
3 : to find a maximum value of
4 : to increase the size of (a window) to fill an entire computer screen

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Other Words from maximize

maximization \ ˌmak-​sə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce maximization (audio) \ noun
maximizer \ ˈmak-​sə-​ˌmī-​zər How to pronounce maximizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of maximize in a Sentence

I rearranged the furniture to maximize the space in my small apartment. This program will teach you how to maximize your strengths while minimizing your weaknesses.

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Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner must compose a game plan that positions Rudolph for success while maximizing his strengths and masking as many of his deficiencies as possible. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Steelers' Mike Tomlin faces ultimate test after Ben Roethlisberger's injury," 16 Sep. 2019 And as long as those companies keep maximizing their shareholders’ profits, and as long as our politicians keep taking money from their lobbyists, we, the consumers, are the only ones who can save ourselves from the information apocalypse. Los Angeles Times, "Column: We’re thoughtful about what we eat. How come we’re thoughtless about what we share online?," 9 Sep. 2019 Coach Brad Stevens can’t help but devise new plans for how to maximize his talent and lead a team that’s dramatically different from last season. Gary Washburn,, "Celtics coach Brad Stevens will have plenty of choices with new-look roster," 7 Sep. 2019 The company helps employers maximize their taxes and recruit and retain employees through its west-central Wisconsin Works location. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee aldermen host job fair in Amani neighborhood, bring dozens of employers and residents together," 29 Aug. 2019 All of these goods or services are profit-seeking, and all are motivated to maximize profits and minimize the cost of doing business. Michael Williams, The Conversation, "US health care: An industry too big to fail," 24 July 2019 There was scrutiny on whether horsemen were pressured to race more horses, because fuller fields help maximize profits. John Cherwa,, "Horse deaths at Santa Anita may have implications for entire racing industry," 22 June 2019 Nautilus expeditions were shared with the world live, revealing the wonders of the undersea world in real time, in an effort to maximize the scientific outputs of expeditions and engage and inspire a new generation of young explorers. National Geographic, "Engineering and Robotics High School Workshop on the MIT Campus," 12 June 2019 First, Some Tips to Get a High Resale Price Comparing prices on all these services highlights some tips for maximizing the resale value of your phone. Wired, "5 Ways to Sell or Trade In Your Old iPhone," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of maximize

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of maximize

: to increase (something) as much as possible : to increase (something) to a maximum
: to use (something) in a way that will get the best result
computers : to make (a program's window) very large : to make (a program's window) fill the screen of a computer


max·​i·​mize | \ ˈmak-sə-ˌmīz\
maximized; maximizing

Kids Definition of maximize

1 : to increase (something) as much as possible maximize profits
2 : to make the most of I want to maximize this opportunity.
3 : to increase the size of (a program's window) to fill a computer screen

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