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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Mark your intellectual property and maximize eyeballs on your product. Glamour, "Could Your Instagram Side Hustle Be Worth $100,000?," 12 Apr. 2019 The upshot is that each DER or aggregation, each layer, would have financial incentive to optimize its own resources and maximize its own self-sufficiency — to produce as much power as possible and consume as little as possible. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 Kruszka notes that the most important elements of the restyled dressing rooms were sourcing the right size and style of furniture, and maximizing the space in order to comfortably fit a bride (in a wedding dress!), and three guests. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Wayfair Registry Teamed up with Kleinfeld Bridal to Revamp Two of the VIP Dressing Rooms," 19 Feb. 2019 When designing a new kitchen, maximizing counter space is a top priority. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "X-tra Counter Space," 11 Feb. 2019 Take advantage of the many free or low-cost events, but maximize them with a Rally Pack Most of the 115th anniversary happenings – including many hotly anticipated events – are free and open to the public. Harley Davidson Motor Company, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How to access more at Harley’s 115th party," 12 July 2018 Large food companies are increasingly undertaking strategic reviews to modernize their portfolios and maximize profits, which could present more opportunities for Brynwood and other private equity firms. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Private equity firm to buy Pillsbury and other brands for $375M, open Chicago HQ," 9 July 2018 To maximize the efficacy of both of these active ingredients in your own skin-care routine, Zeichner recommends a salicylic acid cleanser, followed by an oil-free moisturizer, then topped off with a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment. Allure, "How to Treat Cystic Acne, According to Dermatologists," 14 Mar. 2019 To maximize your ability to keep a plant alive, the company also researched the top three hardiest plants that do well with its Watair system. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Planter Takes Care of Your Plant for Three Weeks Straight," 13 Mar. 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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