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 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 In other words, according to Epic, Apple’s claimed concern over privacy does not justify its policies, but rather solely seeks to maximize the profits of a dominant company. David Reichenberg, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Robbie Hunter, president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, dismissed that argument as just greedy developers trying to maximize their profits. Adam Beam, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 June 2021 Robbie Hunter, president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, dismissed that argument as just greedy developers trying to maximize their profits. Adam Beam, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021 Part of the well-being strategy is allowing flexibility for people to maximize their performance in a way that helps nurture and encourage their spirit. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 30 May 2021 Pinel was still trying to maximize flare potential in his designs, an effort that was arguably becoming outmoded. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, 27 May 2021 Most decisions are made to maximize short-term profits, without any regard to the long-term well-being of the sport. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 Reuters reports that Qualcomm has re-directed the supply of power management chips toward the Snapdragon 888 to maximize profits, which is constraining supply for lower-end processors. Michael Simon, PCWorld, 12 Mar. 2021 Andiola is among those who want Biden to push Democrats in Congress to use the budget reconciliation procedure to pass an immigration bill with a simple majority, and to maximize executive authority in the meantime. Washington Post, 20 Feb. 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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“Maximize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maximize. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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