maximize

verb
max·​i·​mize | \ ˈmak-sə-ˌmīz \
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 \ noun
maximizer \ ˈmak-​sə-​ˌmī-​zər \ 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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These are valid concerns, and those who want to be certain of maximizing the direct impact of their donations might justifiably prefer to invest elsewhere. Meagan Neal, Vox, "It’s hard to design good policies. This simple idea can help governments do it.," 21 Dec. 2018 As an example, Newman described some of what HP and Intel had to think through in terms of maximizing performance while minimizing heat. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "A dream team of Intel engineers helped create HP's tiny Spectre Folio motherboard," 1 Oct. 2018 Bottom line: If driving dynamics are more important than maximizing utility, the Equinox is a good choice. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "Cargo Showdown: Which Crossover SUV Is Best for Hauling Your Stuff?," 4 Aug. 2018 Contrary to what an outsider might think, people who manage other people’s money don’t base their decisions on how to maximize returns. Omid Malekan, New York Times, "If Fund Managers Back Bitcoin," 27 June 2018 This parkway in particular was engineered by a landscape architect to maximize the surrounding beauty and is now even recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 Starting at the very lowest level, often behind the customer meter, each level will have a smart controller maximizing its efficiency and self-reliance. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 That’s the calculus at places like Trellis: How young is reasonable in order to maximize quality without tipping the cost-benefit scale? Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "At 35, I Went to a Millennial Egg-Freezing Clinic—and Now I’m Rethinking My Future," 12 Nov. 2018 Toyota said the Eco mode reduces overall energy consumption by adjusting the climate control system and throttle to maximize efficiency. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of maximize

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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maximize

verb

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

maximize

verb
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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