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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Here, indoor cycling instructors share their top tips for adjusting your bike seat to maximize power and enjoy your ride. 1. Haley Shapley, SELF, "5 Essential Tips for Adjusting Your Indoor Bike Seat," 13 Oct. 2018 Crowley polled surrounding communities for new ideas and how to maximize safety. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Tag Sale Raises Money For Safe Grad Night," 12 June 2018 This week, GasBuddy issued a new study that found the best and worst days of the week to buy gas to maximize savings at the pump and avoid the lines during the busy summer travel season. Southern Living, "Fill up on This Day of the Week to Save the Most Money on Gas," 2 May 2018 With so many interested teams and the unique opportunity of adding one of the best young sluggers in the game, the Orioles should maximize their return while not overplaying their hand. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers looking to go big with Manny Machado, who is an absolutely perfect fit," 13 July 2018 Developers of such properties typically maximize the sales value of waterfront homes by building as close as possible to the water’s edge. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Developers Go With the Flow as New Water Rules Kick In," 10 July 2018 Even if James does not offeset money lost to California’s treasury through greater endorsement income, his main goal in signing with the Lakers was probably not to maximize his NBA earnings. Michael Mccann,, "DeMarcus Cousins and the NBA's Efforts to Keep Competitive Balance," 3 July 2018 That altitude maximizes the efficiency of the engines and keeps turbulence to a minimum, since the air density is so much lower that far up in the air. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Boeing’s Proposed Hypersonic Plane Is Really, Really Fast," 28 June 2018 Eco mode optimizes powertrain operation to help maximize fuel economy, while Sport mode sharpens shift timing, throttle response, and steering feel, and on models with AWD, alters torque distribution for enhanced agility. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Toyota introduces new Adventure modelto the lineup of its 2018 RAV4 crossover," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of maximize

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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