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 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 Ply Gem windows are made in the U.S. through a network of production facilities, which helps optimize quick delivery to customers. Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Aug. 2021 New revenue streams emerge in such a scenario, along with new needs to manage and optimize power generating operations. Benjamin Pring, Forbes, 29 June 2021 This pilot run will allow IHOP to test the menu and receive feedback from customers and optimize the menu items. Leah Romero, USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2021 Every manufacturer spends time and effort to fine-tune and optimize the performance for that particular model, based on the number of blades and the weight of everything that’s being moved. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Aug. 2021 The Rose Bar has a unique offering of longevity programs, which use diagnostics, nutritional guidance, and modern healing methods to optimize health and detoxify the body. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 20 July 2021 How can cannabis operators in legal markets leverage data to optimize and grow their businesses? Jessica Billingsley, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 But by designing its own chip, Google is able to better optimize its hardware and software—precisely the reason why Apple developed its own processors instead of relying on Intel chips for its Macs. Will Knight, Wired, 13 Aug. 2021 The park is in much need of repairs and upgrades, and a master plan will evaluate the existing arrangement of space and determine possible upgrades to optimize the park for future infrastructure improvements, Ward 7 Councilman Bill Russo said. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 20 July 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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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of optimize

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

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