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 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 The goal is to optimize radiologists’ workflows, not replace them, by reducing the workload on tedious tasks like segmenting structures to enable more quantitative imaging, thus improving patient care. Sarah Levy, Forbes, "Machine Vision: All Eyes Are On Machine Vision In Medical Diagnostics," 5 Apr. 2021 And, for a fee, customers can license A.I.-enabled software that will optimize machinery uptime, predict maintenance issues, and operate the equipment 24/7. François Candelon, Fortune, "How A.I.-powered companies dodged the worst damage from COVID," 2 Apr. 2021 Meet the Ultrahuman Holistic Fitness App, the award-winning fitness platform which helps users workout with incredible efficiency, optimize their sleep, and meditate better and habitually. Greta Good, Chron, "Take your wellness game to the next level with this on-sale fitness app," 24 Mar. 2021 The company says its smart windows use artificial intelligence and machine learning to optimize natural light, control heat and limit glare. Matt Egan, CNN, "This smart window company is on a $1 trillion mission to eliminate blinds and shades," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent technological breakthroughs, DelGiudice said, are aiding his studies, whose ultimate goal is to optimize, concurrently, deer habitat and timber cutting. Star Tribune, "Even in this cold, deer can endure bitter winters," 13 Feb. 2021 Identifying land features that optimize your ability to remain hidden make up the rest. Toby Walrath, Outdoor Life, "Coyote Nation: A Crash Course in Coyote Hunting," 25 Jan. 2021 That’s due in no small part to a number of technological innovations that optimize growing conditions on the farm. Kate Peters, Popular Mechanics, "The Future of Farming Is Inside This Bomb Shelter," 12 Nov. 2020 Doing nothing is even being called a new productivity hack, aligning the practice with an always-on culture that seeks to optimize every waking minute. Ingrid Nelson, The Conversation, "‘Doing nothing’ is all the rage – is it a form of resistance, or just an indulgence for the lucky few?," 19 Mar. 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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Last Updated

10 Apr 2021

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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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