op·​ti·​mize | \ ˈäp-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce optimize (audio) \
optimized; optimizing

Definition of optimize

transitive verb

: to make as perfect, effective, or functional as possible optimize energy use optimize your computer for speed and memory— Charles Brannon

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optimizer \ ˈäp-​tə-​ˌmī-​zər How to pronounce optimizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of optimize in a Sentence

The new system will optimize the efficiency with which water is used.
Recent Examples on the Web Although these days race cars are optimized to create downforce, before aerodynamicists worked out that the air could be harnessed for added grip, their efforts were mainly focused on drag reduction. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "These streamliners are the world’s most aerodynamic cars," 8 May 2020 Part of the challenge is that the placement of fixtures and fans would need to be optimized for specific spaces, and the effectiveness has yet to be demonstrated in big public areas. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Scientists Consider Indoor Ultraviolet Light to Zap Coronavirus in the Air," 7 May 2020 Those hoping for an Nvidia RTX part for real-time ray tracing have had their prayers answered, though the Quadro chip Microsoft selected is optimized for workstations, not gaming. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft says the Surface Book 3 will be 50 percent faster than before," 6 May 2020 As multi-mission ships, the FREMM ships carry anti-air, anti-ship, and anti-submarine weapons, though some are optimized for anti-submarine missions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Looks To Europe for Its Next-Gen Frigate," 5 May 2020 However, the company is placing its bets on the fact that videos produced by its tool are optimized for YouTube viewers and integrated with the Google Ads program. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, "YouTube offers small businesses a free tool to create videos," 14 Apr. 2020 Virtual private networks aren’t optimized for speed and spreadsheets are inherently error-prone, executives say. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "Finance Teams Adapt to Closing the Books Remotely Amid Coronavirus," 31 Mar. 2020 Like Spitzer, the Webb telescope was in development while scientists were learning about exoplanets, but it wasn't optimized for them. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This telescope is our next great detective in the universe," 31 Jan. 2020 Baseball involves both actions, and Christman believes BLTR players are optimized to excel in the field and at the plate. Sam Fortier, courant.com, "Why aren’t there any left-handed quarterbacks in the NFL?," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of optimize

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for optimize

earlier, "to make the best or most of," from optim(um) or optim(ism) + -ize

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The first known use of optimize was in 1941

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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of optimize

formal : to make (something) as good or as effective as possible

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