op·​ti·​mize ˈäp-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce optimize (audio)
optimized; optimizing

transitive verb

: to make as perfect, effective, or functional as possible
optimize energy use
optimize your computer for speed and memoryCharles Brannon
optimizer noun

Example Sentences

The new system will optimize the efficiency with which water is used.
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Word History


earlier, "to make the best or most of," from optim(um) or optim(ism) + -ize

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of optimize was in 1941

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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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