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.

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Same as when the iPhone 6 Plus and X first came out, some important apps haven’t yet been optimized to use the entirety of the display. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Is the iPhone XS Max Too Big?," 21 Sep. 2018 Post-workout recovery Carbs plus protein are key for optimizing post-workout recovery, helping to minimize fatigue and soreness and enhancing muscle repair and growth. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Why you should eat blueberries every day (or at least regularly)," 15 May 2018 So while early adopters will have to put up with the bars, hopefully the March cutoff should encourage developers to optimize their software for Apple’s latest iPhone and iPad screens. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Netflix updated its app to resolve an early annoyance with Apple’s new iPad Pro," 12 Nov. 2018 In the video above, a Humvee equipped with RWT changes from wheels to tracks while in motion, allowing the vehicle to quickly self-optimize as the terrain changes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "DARPA Invents Wheels That Instantly Morph Into Triangular Tank Tracks," 25 June 2018 Ispend my days as an organizer helping clients optimize their storage and use their living space in efficient and sensible ways. Nicole Anzia, The Seattle Times, "5 ideas for dream storage spaces," 7 Jan. 2019 Eero Chief Executive Nick Weaver says the company works with some of the most popular device makers to optimize this handoff. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "Kill Your Wi-Fi Dead Zones! The Best Mesh Systems for Your Home," 5 Dec. 2018 The two companies worked closely together to optimize the layout of Intel’s Amber Lake 8th-gen Y-series Core processors, the associated memory, and other components to minimize the space the motherboard required. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "A dream team of Intel engineers helped create HP's tiny Spectre Folio motherboard," 1 Oct. 2018 Tweaking a phone to optimize benchmark apps might produce some numbers that make a small subset of nerds drool, but those numbers don’t correlate to the actual experience of using the phone. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Huawei caught cheating benchmark test for P20," 6 Sep. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of optimize

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

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