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

Other Words from optimize

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 First of all, Google started working with Android vendors to optimize its mobile operating system for foldable screens. Chris Smith, BGR, 18 Mar. 2022 To optimize for potency and specificity, researchers focus on its structure-activity relationship, or how the compound’s chemical structure determines its activity in the body. Duxin Sun, The Conversation, 23 Feb. 2022 Companies like Netflix, for example, may ingest video in one format and then transcode it to optimize it for various devices, a process that isn’t always time-sensitive. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 8 Feb. 2022 Even so, the acquisition will enable BICO companies to optimize the software for their devices. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Dec. 2021 By training the algorithm to optimize for those features, Facebook’s engineers all but ensured they’d be widely used and seen. Jeremy B. Merrill And Will Oremus, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Oct. 2021 By training the algorithm to optimize for those features, Facebook’s engineers all but ensured they’d be widely used and seen. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2021 Agile advertising is an approach to optimize efficiency and achieve your marketing goals in the modern advertising landscape. Corbett Drummey, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 With this information, athletes can fine-tune their nutrition and hydration to optimize performance, prevent cramping and improve stamina. Adnan Asar, Forbes, 2 May 2022 See More

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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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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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