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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To optimize the juiciness, handle the meat just enough to barely form a patty. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 To make the new bike, the company developed its own custom software that uses computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis to optimize tube shapes. Fortune, "Want a Bike Fit for the Tour de France? It Will Cost You About $12,000," 6 July 2018 Attendees will learn to optimize advertisements based on data and build a targeted audience using audience-measurement platforms such as Facebook pixel. Allison Hagan, BostonGlobe.com, "Business agenda," 5 July 2018 Campbell could work to optimize its existing portfolio. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Why Campbell Should Consider Selling Itself," 5 July 2018 And Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket chain, recently inked a deal with British robotics company Ocado to automate warehouses to optimize grocery deliveries. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Favor, H-E-B to deliver beer and wine throughout Houston," 29 June 2018 How the Cavaliers decide to optimize his skills next season could have a direct impact on his draft slot, and given they’re losing Devon Hall and Isaiah Wilkins, expect Hunter to have ample opportunity. 13. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 60 Prospects," 27 June 2018 In addition to introducing the new graphite interior lining, the Wendelstein 7-X team was able to optimize the reactor based on data from the previous experiments, which were analyzed in a recent paper published in Nature Physics. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "German Nuclear Fusion Experiment Sets Records for Stellarator Reactor," 26 June 2018 To optimize the juiciness, handle the meat just enough to barely form a patty. Jim Shahin, chicagotribune.com, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 26 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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