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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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 Some savvy teams even adjusted their schedules, playing tough non-conference teams on the road and filling home slates with cupcakes, to maximize their RPI score—and odds of dancing in March. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "College Basketball Says Goodbye to the RPI, Hello NET," 14 Feb. 2019 Proponents extoll the benefits of drinking celery juice on an empty stomach and avoiding cross-contamination with other green vegetables to maximize the curative, mystical powers of celery in its least wholesome form: juice. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Celery Juice "Benefits" Are Total B.S., According to Nutrition Science," 16 Jan. 2019 Inside, Latimer, who's also the CEO and founder of New Frontier, selected an open floor plan and kept storage out of sight to maximize space. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Tiny Modern Farmhouse Will Convince You to Pare Down Your Life Once and for All," 15 Jan. 2019 While childcare experts urge mothers to maximize breastfeeding benefits, even shorter nursing durations are beneficial to babies. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "Breastfeeding is best for babies, but what about their sleep-deprived parents?," 11 July 2018 And the law exempts charter schools from procurement rules, allowing operators to maximize their personal profits. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona charter school founder makes millions building his own schools," 11 July 2018 To maximize chances of pregnancy, biologists hormonally induced Rizzo to ovulate in time for the procedure. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 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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