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 In their research, Chueh and his colleagues managed to optimize a fast-charging protocol for a lithium-ion battery in less than a month; to achieve those same results without the aid of AI would usually take around two years. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "AI Is Throwing Battery Development Into Overdrive," 12 Oct. 2020 Somebody who was exceptionally, exceptionally talented, exceptionally conscientious about carrying out his responsibilities as president and was very, very interested in making decisions that were going to optimize our national interests. CBS News, "Former CIA Director John Brennan on ethics of intelligence, challenges to democracy," 7 Oct. 2020 What’s the right orbit to optimize tracking performance? Dallas News, "Before launch: All systems go at Raytheon Intelligence & Space," 2 Oct. 2020 It has also been used by petrochemical companies to optimize their processes. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Startup debuts software to help any company use “quantum algorithms”," 24 Sep. 2020 The lawsuit, filed by a whistleblower in 2012, charged that Verizon and AT&T failed to optimize rate plans to the lowest cost option as pledged in their contracts with governments. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Verizon, AT&T to pay $116M to settle California whistleblower lawsuit that includes San Diego County," 24 Sep. 2020 One company joining those efforts is Q-CTRL, which develops software to optimize the control and performance of the individual qubits. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "IBM promises 1000-qubit quantum computer—a milestone—by 2023," 15 Sep. 2020 The Patriot actually features two separate pairs of lenses and sensors, one to designed to optimize daytime images, the other for top-quality night pics. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "The Best New Trail Cameras of 2020," 14 Sep. 2020 Without Burton, the Colts will be forced to optimize healthy personnel — and that will likely mean more three wide receiver sets to get another playmaker on the field in his stead. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 10 bold predictions for Colts season," 11 Sep. 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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18 Oct 2020

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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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