optimize

verb
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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Other Words from optimize

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.

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Almased optimizes the metabolism, helps with weight loss, and improves energy over the whole day. Woman's Day, "It’s Possible – Boost Your Metabolism!," 12 Mar. 2019 Over eight weeks, the 350th Special Warfare Training Squadron in Lackland will use big data, video analysis, wearable sensors, and extreme exercise to teach air-men how to optimize their bodies like machines. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Changing How Special Ops Fighters Are Trained," 12 Feb. 2019 An efficient layout optimizes the expansive countertop space, while additional windows and a neutral color palette keeps things light and timeless. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Exclusive: How Antonino Buzzetta Transformed His Own Kitchen," 9 Nov. 2018 The new survey, obtained exclusively by USA TODAY, shows a lack of understanding about how to optimize benefits from the government safety net program and the outsize hopes many people have for Social Security. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Social Security checks are lower than many Americans expect, survey finds," 25 Apr. 2018 In the past, designers would try to optimize the restaurant’s operations by reconfiguring the kitchen and the counter. Nate Berg, Curbed, "McDonald’s 2.0," 11 Apr. 2018 Ocean House The gardens of Ocean House were actually designed to optimize the seaside views. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "8 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens in North America," 2 Oct. 2018 The two spoke for an hour and a half, and Kingston was blown away by DeLunas’ multifaceted tool kit and understanding of how to optimize player performance. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "The most interesting man in baseball? It might be Mariners bullpen coach Brian DeLunas," 28 Aug. 2018 The Light Attack planes are optimized for counterinsurgency and other types of warfare wherein the U.S. Air Force largely has aerial dominance. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "New Air Force light attack plane moves quickly toward combat," 21 Aug. 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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The first known use of optimize was in 1941

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optimize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of optimize

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

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