op·​ti·​mize | \ˈäp-tə-ˌmīz \
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 \ noun

Examples of optimize in a Sentence

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

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Its entire kill chain of satellites, radar, warplanes, torpedoes, and missiles is optimized for destroying large ships and stopping air attacks. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Iran Just Claimed Control Over the Persian Gulf. Here’s How They’d Defend It.," 27 Aug. 2018 More optimized for long-form narratives and things like that. Recode Staff, Recode, "Why ‘Star Wars’ is like a social network, and other insights from Eugene Wei on Recode Media," 13 July 2018 The new neighborhood’s mobility needs are similarly being optimized for car-free and car-lite lifestyles. Jay Walljasper, WIRED, "The Bitter Battle to Turn an Old Factory Into a 21st Century 'Eco-Village'," 3 July 2018 In these instances tasking the Federal Reserve with optimizing employment is at best risky, and at worse counterproductive nonsense. WSJ, "The Fed Should Stick to a Goal It Can Meet," 14 June 2018 In the Breaking2 project, Kipchoge ran 2:00:25 but the time is not eligible for a world record due to the rotating cast of pacers used as well as other factors in optimizing the race to near-perfect conditions. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Eliud Kipchoge Returns To Berlin Marathon In 2018 To Lower 2:03:05 Personal Best," 11 June 2018 Watching players figure out how to optimize their position based on those rules is what makes games exciting. Stephen Fishbach, PEOPLE.com, "Wendell Holland Wins Survivor After First-Ever Tie Vote," 23 May 2018 Attendees will be able to learn why and how to optimize their exercise, brain health and learning with a focus on the motor, cognitive and emotional symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 17 Apr. 2018 The results, a look into time management at the top level of corporations, were published by the Harvard Business Review alongside advice for leaders on how to optimize their time and make their tough jobs just a bit easier. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "12-Year Study of CEO Schedules Reveals Executives Need to Improve Their Time Management," 18 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of optimize

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

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