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 How to optimize your airplane safety now (in 3 steps). Town & Country, "What Airlines Are Doing to Protect You Now," 13 Nov. 2020 Using the battery to provide multiple services could optimize the income generated, though this would of course have to be balanced against the faster degradation of the battery. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "To make batteries a better investment, let them do more," 5 Nov. 2020 The bulbous shape of interlocking lobes and the right number of them—about five—optimize these properties, Rivera and colleagues report today in Nature. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Even a car can’t kill this beetle. Here’s why," 21 Oct. 2020 The library partnered with the national organization Black Girl Health, a network that helps Black women optimize health through various campaigns, to provide resources and to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health among women of color. Sarah Ravits, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Public Library hosts free, virtual event focused on Black women’s mental health," 6 Oct. 2020 This umbrella term refers to the many different areas of research, tools, and systems aiming to remix, redesign, and optimize the living world. Amy Webb, Wired, "The Xenobot Future Is Coming—Start Planning Now," 4 Nov. 2020 Llamasoft’s software helps companies model, design and optimize their supply-chain networks, using AI and algorithms to map out scenarios and mitigate potential risks. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Software Firm Coupa to Buy Supply-Chain Tech Provider Llamasoft," 2 Nov. 2020 Instead of extensive shooting drills, figure, instead, on extensive video work, to see why Friday’s 3-pointers did not fall and how the Heat can optimize their looks. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Does Celtics’ momentum mean more than Heat’s 3-2 lead?," 26 Sep. 2020 Makers must balance the heft of all the parts in order to optimize how much kinetic energy each flywheel can store. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "To Keep Energy Flowing, the U.K. Is Turning to the Flywheel," 9 July 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 30 Nov. 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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