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 Streetsense is starting to think about more fluid spaces that have more functionality to optimize the number of hours the space can be used. Jennifer Castenson, Forbes, "Fluid Spaces Are The Future Of Better Housing And Community," 28 Apr. 2021 What better way to optimize your home/office/gym/movie theater/nursery school than with the latest Frederic Malle scent to get his perfume gun treatment? Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "The 5 New Beauty Arrivals We’re Shopping This Month," 27 Apr. 2021 For the past decade, much of the $400 billion digital-advertising sector has relied on third-party cookies that collect information on users and equip companies to optimize ad targeting. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Apple’s New Privacy Policy Shaking Up Ad Industry," 22 Apr. 2021 Also, Crusty brought up Tracer as another hero whose abilities might be too complex for novice players to optimize. Reece Rogers, Wired, "How to Rank Up In Overwatch, According to the Pros," 20 Apr. 2021 The two are working together to make changes to optimize their abilities, a support system at the back end of the rotation. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants start NL West play Monday, with new starter Anthony DeSclafani taking center stage," 4 Apr. 2021 While there’s still a ways to go to optimize cleanliness, the synthetic fuel can be used in your 911 or Panamera today. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Porsche Plans to Test Its Synthetic Gas on Its Own Race Cars," 30 Mar. 2021 The facilities challenge isn’t only how to optimize rack space when new, more powerful servers are added. David A. Teich, Forbes, "Artificial Intelligence In The Datacenter Means Power And Physical Structural Issues Must Be Addressed," 20 Apr. 2021 Prucha continued to impress with his efficiency and the ability to optimize the Redhawks’ options. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, chicagotribune.com, "He’s played quarterback. He plays cornerback. But now, Jaden McGill is making a difference for Naperville Central as a running back.," 17 Apr. 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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4 May 2021

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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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