op·ti·mize | \ˈäp-tə-ˌmīz \
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 \ noun

Examples of optimize in a Sentence

The new system will optimize the efficiency with which water is used.

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The results, a look into time management at the top level of corporations, were published by the Harvard Business Review alongside advice for leaders on how to optimize their time and make their tough jobs just a bit easier. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "12-Year Study of CEO Schedules Reveals Executives Need to Improve Their Time Management," 18 June 2018 This shape also allows for an oversized entrance and a double-height living area characterized by glazed expanses and sliding glass doors that optimize views and allow for indoor-outdoor living. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Rent this black-clad off-grid cabin for your next holiday," 14 June 2018 Instead of the former six-speed, the V6 is coupled to a new eight-speed automatic transaxle gearbox with refined logic control that optimizes the sedan’s speed, engine speed and torque engagement. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Toyota’s all-new 2019 Avalon hits dealerships in May," 28 Apr. 2018 Raptor runs with a 450-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission and terrain management system that optimizes traction in all conditions. Casey Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Why make high-performance, low-selling car models? 'Because we can.'," 5 Apr. 2018 Many media companies from HuffPost to Blavity would be familiar with trying to optimize the type of posts going out on a page or set of pages. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Russia's Troll Operation Was Not That Sophisticated," 19 Feb. 2018 The new project comes as Metro is in the midst of conducting a bus network study, which centers on the role of its bus system and how to best optimize it for riders’ needs. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "For upcoming Metro shutdown, dedicated lane spurs rare optimism amid sagging bus ridership," 1 July 2018 If Big Pharma were to try to create from scratch a drug optimized to treat PTSD, MDMA would be that drug. Rick Doblin, Time, "Ending America's War on Drugs Would Finally Unleash the Therapeutic Potential of Psychadelics," 30 May 2018 Platforms that actively present user-uploaded contents by way of optimizing or advertising them may then no longer rely on the liability privilege. Wolfgang Spahr, Billboard, "German Rights Body GEMA Applauds Europe-Wide Efforts to Curtail 'Parasitic' Value Models of Digital Services," 19 June 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

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

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