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.
Recent Examples on the Web To maximize efficiency and streamline the construction process, the design team worked with to create solutions customized to each room. Jessica Dailey, ELLE Decor, "How Sophia Bush Maximized Her Storage, Without Walk-In Closets," 10 Feb. 2020 The equations also show up in calculations for maximizing profit, a key consideration for anyone who wants to succeed in business. Jonathan Corum, New York Times, "This Professor’s ‘Amazing’ Trick Makes Quadratic Equations Easier," 5 Feb. 2020 Others may have added schools or had more grandiose plans (looking at you, Larry Scott) but no one may have played realignment better from maximizing a conference footprint. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Revenue increase shows SEC is in a league of its own — and that Texas A&M’s ’100-year decision’ is looking pretty prescient," 4 Feb. 2020 Christina was able to open up the space by eliminating the wall, creating a uniform and stylish color scheme, and maximizing the efficiency of the kitchen. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Christina on the Coast," 3 Jan. 2020 Many of those districts have abused taxing and bonding authority, maximizing the developer’s return on investment and encumbering future homeowners with millions in undisclosed debt. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Disclose metropolitan district tax rates on real estate listings," 20 Dec. 2019 The Bearcats attacked the rim early, maximizing size and depth advantages. Fletcher Page,, "What we learned in Cincinnati basketball's win vs. Vermont," 3 Dec. 2019 The odds of gaining admission to nursery, grammar school, then college; of your standing and class rank within each; of maximizing scores in order to advance; exams for civil-service jobs; the visa lottery to get overseas. S. Mitra Kalita For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "9 reasons the Indian CEO keeps coming to the rescue," 2 Feb. 2020 And by combining a fusion reaction with a fission one, the reactor maximizes efficiency. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Scientists Reveal Plans for Fusion-Fission Reactor," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of maximize

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Feb 2020

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“Maximize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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