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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Other Words from optimize

optimizer \ ˈäp-​tə-​ˌmī-​zər How to pronounce optimize (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 TENGs can generate power from any form of motion, but Rodrigues and her collaborators have focused on testing various TENG prototypes to optimize them for the specific conditions of wave motion. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 10 Aug. 2021 The easiest way to do this is to optimize their search by offering alternatives relevant to what customers might also want to purchase. Bagrat Safaryan, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Imagine being able to tell Facebook to optimize for something other than engagement—education quality, trustworthiness, locality, etc. Sidney Fussell, Wired, 30 Oct. 2020 Using this method to handle routine interactions with customers, scale engagement and save time not only helps to optimize your overall customer experience, but also allows support teams to focus their efforts on managing more complicated requests. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Vintners spend the entire growing season coaxing grapes to ripeness, trying to optimize their sugar content. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 And the way the organization sees it, this was the best way to optimize their chance to succeed. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Sep. 2021 Micelio will feature a cross-cutting marketing department established to generate a bespoke brand positioning system, and a business affairs team composed of industry vets to optimize production profitability. Jamie Lang, Variety, 30 Sep. 2021 Knowing which parking spots are most popular can be used to optimize pricing. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2021

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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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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of optimize

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

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