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

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 Arcades dodged hardware limitations largely due to their ability to optimize the hardware specifically to play one single game. Michael J. Seidlinger, Wired, 15 Jan. 2022 Given that environment right now, ViacomCBS and Warner Bros. are exploring strategic opportunities to optimize the value of their joint venture in The CW Network. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 6 Jan. 2022 The efforts to optimize resources come as the fire raced toward the vacation enclave of Lake Tahoe, which straddles the California-Nevada border. Kelly Mccleary, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 The company also plans consumer glucose and lactate biosensors, aimed at helping people optimize nutrition and exercise. Casey Ross And Katie Palmer, STAT, 14 Jan. 2022 Her team, in partnership with the Billboard marketing departments, will plan, execute and optimize cross-platform marketing campaigns that deliver against top clients’ objectives. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 13 Jan. 2022 The unit uses machine learning and data scient to target the audience and optimize yields. Chris Morris, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2022 Knowing the answers to these questions, and a multitude of other similar ones, will help the zoo community truly optimize the welfare of animals under their care. Michael J. Renner, The Conversation, 4 Jan. 2022 Each route is calibrated to include fantastic sights across state lines, optimize travel time between stops, and avoid roads that could pose seasonal restrictions. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 30 Dec. 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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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of optimize

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

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