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 By reconfiguring the layout, Feldman was able to optimize the home’s limited space. Allison Duncan, House Beautiful, 4 Aug. 2022 These digital threads are the key to the product life cycle and help optimize product life cycles. Kiran Palla, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Fast science is also challenging the industry to optimize clinical trial design. Ron Peck, STAT, 2 Aug. 2022 The adjustable ventilation vents that help optimize airflow and the one-handed seat recline that can adjust each seat independently are just the cherries on top. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 26 July 2022 The new rules are designed to optimize the country’s prevention and control work, and don’t signal a change in course, said Lei Zhenglong, an NHC official. Fortune, 28 June 2022 One contract was to provide smart technology that would be used throughout the resort to optimize buildings, reduce energy usage and increase productivity. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 16 May 2022 The 1940s home was updated to optimize its bayside location. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 While conditions may be changing, the digital transformation of sales won’t go backward, and Forrester sees little evidence at this point that the demand for technologies that optimize sales performance is falling off. Forrester, Forbes, 27 June 2022 See More

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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 9 Aug. 2022.

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