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 optimizer (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 The company issued guidelines to help employees optimize their home internet bandwidth and offered monthly reimbursements to employees who needed upgrades or a change in their service providers. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Businesses Tackle Internet Shortfalls as Remote Work Grows More Remote," 2 July 2020 The Experience Report Get weekly insights into the ways companies optimize data, technology and design to drive success with their customers and employees. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "LinkedIn Wants to End Pronunciation Gaffes on Names With New Audio Feature," 6 July 2020 Exxon Mobil has the size and scale to optimize its production costs — and the luxury of cutting back on capital expenditures to control cash outflows during a period of unprecedented demand weakness. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Exxon Mobil has plenty of options to help it weather oil price disruptions," 5 July 2020 Sophisticated simulation tools allow engineers to model and optimize tires before ever making a prototype. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "The Greatest Racer, Advancements, Blunders, Designer, and More," 1 July 2020 And all of us who are suppliers to that industry have to figure out how to best optimize that. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Soren Bjorn says online grocery shopping is here to stay," 30 June 2020 Modern desk lamps are designed to optimize vision, save desk space, and even charge devices. Popular Science, "Techy desk lamps that reduce eye strain and charge your devices," 29 June 2020 If the Cowboys want to optimize their pass rush in an effort to take some pressure off of DeMarcus Lawrence, Wake would be a fantastic addition to the roster. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 free agents who could still improve the Cowboys’ roster, including this immovable object at nose tackleThis article has comments enabled.," 26 June 2020 The Experience Report Get weekly insights into the ways companies optimize data, technology and design to drive success with their customers and employees. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, "Publishers Try Sending News by Text," 19 June 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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26 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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