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 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 Then, healthcare providers adopted video-conferencing tools to offer virtual services and practice-management solutions to optimize their operations. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Cox is an unbelievably powerful defensive tackle who has the technical mastery to optimize his play strength on Sundays. John Owning, Dallas News, 13 May 2021 Digital twins combined with other emerging technology can be used to improve clinical outcomes, lower operating costs and optimize resource allocation. Sindhu Kutty, Forbes, 24 May 2021 His Welcome to College company offers a software platform and consulting services to help higher education institutions optimize the campus visit experience. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 10 May 2021 Sleep really is the best way to course correct, optimize your brain’s performance and invest in your mental health. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, 7 May 2021 After morning saliva and urine checks, a home medical appliance designs and prints medicine to optimize your metabolism and microbiome for that day. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 In the future, the researchers want to optimize and commercialize their paint for a wide range of applications, including buildings, automobiles and outdoor equipment. ABC News, 25 Apr. 2021 NBCUniversal, for example, last year introduced an offering called One Platform, which combines existing and new tools for advertisers to plan, schedule, optimize and measure video ad campaigns. Sahil Patel, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for optimize

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The first known use of optimize was in 1941

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9 Jun 2021

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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 15 Jun. 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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