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

Other Words from maximize

maximization \ ˌmak-​sə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce maximize (audio) \ noun
maximizer \ ˈmak-​sə-​ˌmī-​zər How to pronounce maximize (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Rams will have to continue to perform well in order to maximize their outreach efforts. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 Exploiting the full range of motion on exercises like the dumbbell bench press and cable crossover was another tactic Laico used to place a greater stretch on the muscle and maximize the effectiveness of each rep. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 6 June 2022 In order to maximize space a closet organizer can work wonders. Josie Howell |, al, 24 May 2022 Gas lawn mowers require more maintenance than other types, and yearly servicing (fuel, oil, and spark plugs) is highly recommended in order to maximize the life of the tool. Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2022 San Jose, for example, was split into four districts in order to maximize the number of Latino voters in some seats. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 16 Feb. 2022 What was satire then is ideology today: Cynicism—the belief that people are generally morally bankrupt and behave treacherously in order to maximize self-interest—dominates American culture. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 20 Jan. 2022 Some experts say North Korea may also in coming weeks test a missile that could reach the American homeland in order to maximize its pressure campaign on the United States., 24 Oct. 2021 Some experts say North Korea may also in coming weeks test a missile that could reach the American homeland in order to maximize its pressure campaign on the United States. Hyung-jin Kim,, 24 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of maximize

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Maximize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for maximize


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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