op·​ti·​mize ˈäp-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce optimize (audio)
optimized; optimizing

transitive verb

: to make as perfect, effective, or functional as possible
optimize energy use
optimize your computer for speed and memoryCharles Brannon
optimizer noun

Examples of optimize in a Sentence

The new system will optimize the efficiency with which water is used.
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Word History


earlier, "to make the best or most of," from optim(um) or optim(ism) + -ize

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of optimize was in 1941

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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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