maximize

verb
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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His presence should immediately stretch defenses vertically, a key ingredient to maximizing Williamson's utility in the half-court. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019 His presence should immediately stretch defenses vertically, a key ingredient to maximizing Williamson’s utility in the half-court. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019 First introduced at Lightstone’s Times Square hotel, the decision to include bunk beds at four other Moxy Hotel locations was partly about maximizing the space of the room. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Who’s Sleeping in All These Hotel Bunk Beds?," 28 Mar. 2019 In hundreds of papers over the past three decades advancing the idea, researchers have argued that operating at criticality would optimize the brain’s performance by maximizing information transfer and processing. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "Brains May Teeter Near Their Tipping Point," 14 June 2018 These include a feeling of spaciousness, utilizing space around how people live, organizing spaces around natural lights and views, ensuring living and sleeping spaces are near windows as well as maximizing views. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "On the Market/Condo Life: Perfection in high-rise living starts with the floor plan," 9 June 2018 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, latimes.com, "Staggering growth of women's soccer bodes well for World Cup in France," 4 June 2019

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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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