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 But letting that physician use this to kind of guide and optimize hypertension care. Stat Staff, STAT, "Doctors are increasingly using remote monitoring technology, raising questions about inclusivity and usability," 10 Sep. 2020 As with many of the Roomba robots, this autonomous mopper uses artificial intelligence to get to know your home’s floor plan and optimize its clean accordingly. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Need a break from chores and cleaning? These robots can do your housework for you.," 5 Sep. 2020 In recent months, many experts have been advocating that different types of tests be used for different purposes, in order to optimize available supplies and avoid testing delays. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "America Doesn’t Have a Coherent Strategy for Asymptomatic Testing. It Needs One.," 1 Sep. 2020 That's solid evidence that the company isn't gaming coastdown tests and that its ability to optimize efficiency really is ahead of the rest of the pack. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "The Secret Adjustment Factor Tesla Uses to Get Its Big EPA Range Numbers," 30 Aug. 2020 It's used to monitor users' usage habits to optimize device battery life and charging, both to improve the time users can spend between charges and to protect the battery's longterm viability. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Here’s why Apple believes it’s an AI leader—and why it says critics have it all wrong," 6 Aug. 2020 Back on Earth, some labs are tweaking the actual genome plants in order to optimize them for growth in orbit. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Space Weed Could Keep Astronauts Healthy," 16 July 2020 That process makes for efficient advertising and can help optimize restrained ad budgets. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Minnesota companies made deals in a hurry at the start of the year, then the virus hit," 16 Aug. 2020 During this one hour session, the design consultant took measurements, assessed the couple's inventory, and identified potential design ideas to optimize the entire space. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "These Expecting Parents Created a Baby Changing Area Inside Their Closet," 2 July 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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24 Sep 2020

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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 24 Sep. 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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