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 Quibi’s version will start with a 20 episode run of bite-sized episodes on the streaming platform optimized for mobile viewing. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Keke Palmer and Joel Kim Booster to host Singled Out reboot on Quibi," 13 Dec. 2019 The success of Transsion’s mobile brands on the continent is largely thanks to its hyper-focus on manufacturing phones specifically for African users with features including multiple SIM card slots and cameras optimized for darker skin tones. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s top phone maker is leading a $40 million investment to win the race for online payments," 13 Nov. 2019 Paying for reach removes that decision, forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages on people. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Twitter Bans Political Advertisements Amid Facebook Scrutiny," 30 Oct. 2019 This lesson and others will teach you how to optimize a complicated Excel sheet and turn it into a well oiled data organizing machine. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Learn to make the most of Microsoft Excel and VBA in this $29.99 bundle," 17 Oct. 2019 Since then, the average dose has been reduced, dosing schedules have been optimized with lower doses administered more frequently, and taxanes are now being used to enhance other treatments. Richard Ghalie, STAT, "Improving the next generation of drugs through patient-centric design for clinical trials," 26 Dec. 2019 In the 855, Qualcomm retooled the Hexagon DSP to be optimized for AI. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Inside the Snapdragon 865: Qualcomm reveals the features you'll find in 2020's best Android phones," 4 Dec. 2019 Build a pavilion for her, perhaps in the Tuileries, that is optimized for the crowds. Jason Farago, New York Times, "It’s Time to Take Down the Mona Lisa," 6 Nov. 2019 The event, sponsored by British petrochemicals company INEOS, was optimized for speed: Kipchoge ran in ideal weather on a flat course in Vienna, which was largely protected from wind by large trees. Sean Gregory, Time, "'I Don't Believe In Limits.' Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge On Breaking the 2-Hour Barrier," 22 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Optimize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 23 January 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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