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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Democratic leaders worked to maximize negative publicity over the weekend, hoping to prompt a national push against the policy that would also play to their benefit in November. Shane Harris, Washington Post, "Democrats intensify fight for immigrant children — and bludgeon Trump and Republicans ahead of midterms," 18 June 2018 Democratic leaders worked to maximize negative publicity over the weekend, hoping to prompt a national push against the policy that would also play to their benefit in November. Shane Harris, Anchorage Daily News, "Fight over detained children intensifies," 18 June 2018 As smartphone makers work to maximize screen space on the front of the phone, there is a continual question of what to do with the front-facing camera. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Vivo will actually sell a smartphone with a pop-up front camera," 13 June 2018 Vigorous growth by the milkweeds is desirable but, the main idea is not necessarily to maximize milkweed plant growth. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "How to control your garden’s pests this summer," 25 May 2018 Adding front and rear locking differentials, Rubicon crawls like a spider, each wheel working independently to maximize grip and get purchase over the next obstacle. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2018 Jeep Wrangler rules the off-road world," 26 Apr. 2018 The goal is to maximize both enjoyment and safety for visitors with special needs. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Sesame Place is world’s first theme park to become certified autism center," 5 Apr. 2018 Our associaton is committed to working with the school superintendent, the Wellesley Police Department, and others to maximize student and staff safety during a school emergency. BostonGlobe.com, "Is arming teachers a good way to improve school safety?," 30 Mar. 2018 It’s all designed to maximize players’ value to apparel companies intent on driving sales in the multibillion-dollar sneaker market. The Courier-Journal, "Watch live at 10:30 a.m.: A look at the secrets of college basketball," 26 Feb. 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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