optimize

verb
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 In Flight Marketers often struggle with how to optimize the performance of their advertising campaigns in flight. Pattie Pan, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Cancer drugs are typically developed at the highest tolerable dose, but some oncologists have urged the FDA to do more to require drugmakers to optimize dosing. NBC News, 28 May 2021 Hoping to optimize his fitness, and ward off muscle atrophy, Bower worked out nearly every day. Star Tribune, 8 May 2021 For any particular board position, two neural networks operate in tandem to optimize performance. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 19 Mar. 2016 Experts and workers say there are ways to optimize these spaces, including assigning desks to groups instead of individuals, planning schedules, designating areas for socializing and being extra-mindful of workers with special needs or disabilities. Krithika Varagur, WSJ, 14 June 2021 In the meantime, for those still working remotely, there are ways to optimize communication. NBC News, 16 May 2021 So, email marketers are already well-versed in evaluating performance metrics and identifying ways to optimize future campaigns. Tom Wozniak, Forbes, 5 May 2021 For those with psoriasis, moisturizing is key, but there are ways to optimize the product’s effect and absorption, says Engelman. Olivia Muenter, Allure, 3 May 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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The first known use of optimize was in 1941

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15 Jul 2021

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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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optimize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of optimize

formal : to make (something) as good or as effective as possible

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