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 Track-day customers normally also drive on their local road courses, so the suspension in Track Attack cars is optimized for that duty. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "You can now own a stock car that’s just like what Nascar pros race," 22 Jan. 2020 But organizing in place is more effective and longer-lasting than building a big list optimized for a few more clicks. Micah L. Sifry, The New Republic, "The Loneliness of the Resistance Protester," 15 Jan. 2020 This includes smart speakers with the ability to optimize sound to individual rooms for even more immersive listening experiences. Wired Staff, Wired, "The 8 Things We Expect to See at CES 2020," 4 Jan. 2020 While the Heat eventually could utilize Meyers Leonard's expiring contract to optimize their luxury-tax ledger or balance a trade under the salary cap, there is nothing to prevent them from playing him in the interim. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Do Heat have to take stock during the preseason?," 30 Sep. 2019 Freddy Collier, the city's planning director, described the project as an effort to optimize the use of riverfront land. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Planning Commission strikes a blow for riverfront access with vote requiring East Bank promenade (photos)," 6 Apr. 2018 From there, Danner uses a Comelz automatic cutting machine to optimize the use of every hide. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Everything That Goes Into Making a Danner Boot," 20 Jan. 2020 The service offers optimized security for IoT devices such as a smart bulbs and smart thermostats, to prevent hackers from hijacking them. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "TP-Link revs its mesh Wi-Fi router lineup to Wi-Fi 6, but leaves Zigbee behind," 10 Jan. 2020 The Aaltos designed a low-slung bentwood recliner with a back optimized to what was believed to be the best sitting angle for breathing. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Healthcare would be better if we learned from this old tuberculosis sanatorium in Finland," 4 Jan. 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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13 Feb 2020

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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=optimi07. Accessed 24 Feb. 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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