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 Earlier in January 2021, the technology and entertainment company did it again at CES 2021 with footage and an announcement that the Vision-S was being tested on public roads to optimize safety. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "No, Sony Says, It Won't Build Vision-S Concept Car for Consumers," 22 Jan. 2021 Akers and Martin set out to combine their aesthetic sensibilities and optimize wearability. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Zerina Akers and Keeyahri Just Created the Season’s Must-Have Boots," 15 Jan. 2021 The host could also ask your colleagues to mute their microphones to reduce background noise and to face their camera directly to optimize their audio level and enable you to lip read. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "How do I talk to my manager about my hearing loss? Ask HR," 23 Dec. 2020 This system will mesh perfectly with other Google Home products to optimize your smart experience. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Wi-Fi Routers To Get Your Home Internet Up to Speed," 16 Dec. 2020 The sites would not all operate simultaneously, but vaccination would be moved around the county to optimize access. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago-area vaccination sites will be at hospitals, clinics, pharmacies — but also drive-thrus at schools, parks and maybe Six Flags," 4 Dec. 2020 As more and more interaction is mediated by screens, more software tools will surely try to optimize the experience. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "AI Can Run Your Work Meetings Now," 24 Nov. 2020 The manager said in an interview in June that there could be one or more disposals of between $1 billion and $5 billion in size to optimize ABB’s portfolio. Leonard Kehnscherper, Bloomberg.com, "ABB Is Said to Explore Sale of Dodge Unit Amid CEO Review," 18 Nov. 2020 To optimize your gameplay experience, Pontius suggests getting comfortable — but not too comfortable. Marissa Miller, NBC News, "Best board games 2020: Unique quarantine gifts for couples," 13 Nov. 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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21 Feb 2021

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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 28 Feb. 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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