optimize

verb
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 optimizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of optimize in a Sentence

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

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Please upgrade your browser Our site is not optimized for your current browser. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "What the Andrew Cashner deal says about a changing trade market," 14 July 2019 And there are plenty of conceivable applications for a human-optimized BrainEx. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong?," 2 July 2019 In one context, the language used has been optimized for richness; in the other, for speed and reliability. Ryan Dalton, Scientific American, "Decoding the Language of Neurons," 2 July 2019 Earlier versions of the protein had been optimized to cook well on a flat-top stove as a burger patty. CNN, "Impossible made fake meat a hot commodity. Now it could be a victim of its own success," 27 June 2019 Humans may not have been optimized for summertime, but beer is. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The 12 Best Summer Beers of 2019," 10 June 2019 At 12-foot increments, the fast-growing, straight ponderosa pines the Forest Service plants out west are perfectly optimized to get as big as possible, while still remaining close enough for their canopies to shade out competing trees and shrubs. Ian Willms, National Geographic, "Tree-planting programs can do more harm than good," 26 Apr. 2019 The Perils of Justifying Evolution Human red blood cells are particularly optimized for the job of oxygen distribution. Quanta Magazine, "Icefish Study Adds Another Color to the Story of Blood," 22 Apr. 2019 Increasingly, there seem to be two economies co-existing in our neighborhoods: commerce optimized for convenience and everything else. Simone Stolzoff, SFChronicle.com, "Who needs neighbors when there’s an app for everything?," 21 June 2019

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of optimize

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

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