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 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 There is no reason not to have a full roster for the playoffs, or to be able to maximize the number of players under contract during offseason. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Will Heat’s next move be for a developmental talent?," 7 Apr. 2021 In certain scenarios, strategies such as charitable remainder trusts or spousal limited access trusts could be established to maximize gifting and minimize estate taxes. Anna Davies, Forbes, "The One Strategy High-Net-Worth Individuals Depend On To Grow Wealth," 6 Apr. 2021 Ryobi 40-Volt Attachment Capable String Trimmer: available at Amazon and Home DepotRyobi's versatile weed eater has an adjustable 13-inch or 15-inch path to maximize battery life. Bob Beacham,, "Which weed eater should I get?," 3 Apr. 2021 This action will set our country on a path to maximize our unmatched wind potential to help meet the nation’s clean energy needs., "How could the American Jobs Plan improve Rhode Island’s infrastructure?," 2 Apr. 2021 The 111-year-old orchestra will also work closely with the adjacent San Diego Convention Center, nearby hotels and the San Diego Tourism Bureau to maximize use of The Shell by tourists and residents alike. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Symphony fine-tunes The Shell, its new $85 million bayside venue, and prepares to launch concerts," 2 Apr. 2021 Yokai chef and manager Des Ito believes in getting ramen from the kitchen to the customer in less than a minute to maximize its steam, texture and flavor. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "3 new San Antonio Asian restaurants, including Cambodian at Golden Wat, some of S.A.'s best sushi at Shiro, plus ramen at Yokai," 1 Apr. 2021 So, Fuer set about reimagining the home’s finishes, floorplan, and interior architecture—to maximize storage and warm up the palette—then working to cleverly place the family’s beloved items in a fresh new way. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Marie Fuer Creates a Modern Family Apartment With Pops of Color and Tons of Hidden Storage," 1 Apr. 2021 But Maddon also views these priorities as building blocks for his team, foundational elements that need to be cemented for the Angels to finally maximize their potential. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Can a throwback approach enable the Angels to push forward and finally win?," 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of maximize

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of maximize was in 1802

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10 Apr 2021

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“Maximize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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