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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The design features an open layout with earth-tone colors and windows that maximize views of the Potomac River and the George Washington Memorial Parkway view shed. Washington Post, "South entrance for Potomac Yard Metro station still uncertain, even with extra money," 31 Aug. 2019 The difference between the Fusion2Go Max and other boosters is the combination of outdoor and indoor antennae, a design that maximizes performance. Lauren Steele, Popular Mechanics, "Finally, a Way to End Cell Signal Dead Zones When You’re Driving," 20 Aug. 2019 Check out the pairs of players that maximize the fantasy points allowed to QBs by the opponent. Si Fantasy Staff,, "Use FullTime Fantasy's Tools to Win Your Fantasy Football League," 15 Aug. 2019 Strategic and thoughtful disaster philanthropy that maximizes both short- and long-term recovery can be a critical component of both individual and corporate giving. Bruce Deboskey, The Denver Post, "On Philanthropy: Don’t let disaster philanthropy become a philanthropic disaster," 14 July 2019 Aided by new software that maximizes partisan advantage, state legislatures, which are overwhelmingly in the hands of Republicans, have redrawn voting districts largely to the disadvantage of Democrats. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Just Legitimized a Cornerstone Element of Voter Suppression," 3 July 2019 The University of Tennessee right-hander, whom the Phillies drafted Tuesday in the sixth round, had worked tirelessly throughout the winter to alter his mechanics from a funky delivery to a simple throwing motion that maximized his velocity. Matt Breen,, "Phillies stockpile relief pitchers in draft, pick hard-throwing Andrew Schultz out of Tennessee," 5 June 2019 Here are 15 additional trips, from the Caribbean to Hong Kong, that will maximize your summer. Heather Greenwood Davis, National Geographic, "Upgrade your summer with these 15 epic trips," 4 June 2019 The winning selections for the Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC contest range from two- to seven-unit buildings that maximize limited space. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Selects Designers With Big Ideas for Small Lots," 13 May 2019

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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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