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 Every delivery company wants to maximize the number of packages drivers deliver, but Gordon said Amazon took things to an extreme. James Bandler, ProPublica, "Inside Documents Show How Amazon Chose Speed Over Safety in Building Its Delivery Network," 28 Dec. 2019 Players want to maximize earnings from relatively short careers, while the salary cap forces teams into constant roster churn. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: Is Chris Harris Jr. or Derek Wolfe more likely to play for Broncos in 2020?," 23 Dec. 2019 Whether a company is owned by outside shareholders or by its own employees, the incentive to maximize profits should be similar. Noah Smith, Twin Cities, "Noah Smith: There’s no reason workers can’t be corporate owners," 5 Dec. 2019 The principle goal of public companies is to maximize values for shareholders, but national oil companies, as piggybanks for sovereigns, have different imperatives. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Saudi Aramco IPO Raises Serious Geopolitical Concerns," 13 Nov. 2019 Once the maize is harvested, Babban Gona stores it in sealed containers and aims to sell it in bulk at the right time to maximize the farmers' profits. Emma Reynolds, CNN, "How technology is helping African farms to flourish," 18 Oct. 2019 Slavery, particularly the cotton slavery that existed from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the Civil War, was a thoroughly modern business, one that was continuously changing to maximize profits. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "How slavery became America’s first big business," 16 Aug. 2019 So what’s the best way to maximize a ceiling’s potential? Kristina Orrego, The Seattle Times, "Move over statement walls, ceilings are the hot new focal point," 12 Feb. 2019 Andraos and Wood began by gutting all three floors and seeking out ways to maximize light and space. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Brooklyn Triplex Is Transformed Into a Light-Filled Haven," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of maximize

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jan 2020

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“Maximize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 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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