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 Dozens of agencies are involved, and there is no certainty that the money will be spent efficiently and in ways that maximize the chances that struggling places stabilize themselves. New York Times, "Can the Biden Agenda Fix Middle America’s Deepest Problem?," 5 May 2021 Vance and Erickson frame the proposal as one that would maximize choice for parents more than child care subsidies. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Republican Party Will Always Choose Culture Wars Over Working-Class Policy," 5 May 2021 One of our favorite accent windows—a garden window—is a plant-lover's dream thanks to its ability to maximize sun exposure for indoor greenery. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Best Replacement Windows to Give Your Home a Facelift," 9 Apr. 2021 Waiting any longer would risk hurting Golden State’s ability to maximize what’s left of its core’s prime. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why Warriors are prioritizing player development over a playoff berth," 24 Mar. 2021 During his one season with the Rams, Staley was celebrated for his ability to maximize the potential of players to career-high levels. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers line up replacements in free agency, but did they get better?," 18 Mar. 2021 The real key to maximizing hunting time is ability to maximize hunting time is understanding the rule of three. Tony Hansen, Outdoor Life, "A Strategy for Hunting Mature Bucks on Public Land (That Actually Works in the Real World)," 9 Oct. 2020 Using autonomous systems can ensure your time and that of your sales team is spent on the tasks that maximize sales. Christine Bailey, Forbes, "Five Manufacturing Trends Sales Teams Can Follow For A Competitive Edge," 20 Apr. 2021 Commissioners also voted to spend $250,000 to hire Guidehouse, a research firm that assists local governments, to develop a COVID-19 response portfolio that would maximize revenue and qualifying federal reimbursements. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County approves spending $2 million more on COVID-19 testing for some San Antonio-area schools," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of maximize

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2021

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“Maximize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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