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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Whether your kitchen is big or small, maximizing the most accessible storage areas is vital. Nicole Anzia, Washington Post, "The top clutter culprits in every room — and how to deal with them," 4 June 2019 Shale oil is blended with heavier barrels to allow refiners to maximize production. Matt Egan, CNN, "America's refineries really need Mexican oil. Tariffs will hurt their business," 4 June 2019 The challenge now will be to manage the unprecedented growth of the women’s game while also maximizing opportunities to close the gender equality gap. Kevin Baxter,, "Staggering growth of women's soccer bodes well for World Cup in France," 4 June 2019 The architect’s goal was to create private and free-flowing public areas that could accommodate multiple family functions, all while maximizing the views. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Peek inside this spectacular Silicon Valley hilltop home on a modern home tour," 4 June 2019 Some seem to prefer somewhat brutalist cases that maximize performance, perhaps with some glowy RGB lighting as accents; others fetishize minimalism, prizing clean, simple lines. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel dreams of the PC's future: 'Ambient PCs,' fancy fabrics, and a monster dual-display gaming rig," 29 May 2019 Shake it up and pour it into a spray bottle to maximize coverage. Cate Geiger, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Black Mold Naturally," 23 May 2019 Use the tips in the Alzheimer’s Association® Home Safety Checklist to create a safe environment that can help prevent dangerous situations and maximize independence. Good Housekeeping, "Help keep those living with dementia safe at home.," 21 May 2019 And being a lone traveler allowed her to fully maximize her time abroad. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Traveling After College: 6 Reasons You Should Travel After Graduation," 20 May 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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