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 Trusting teams review performance to optimize their work for success — not to criticize each other. Seye Oloruntoba, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Social platforms optimize for broad, shallow interactions that keep people scrolling in order to collect the reams of data necessary to support their advertising business. Mike Donoghue, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2021 Soylent may optimize meeting one’s daily nutritional needs with minimal cost and time investment. Rob Reich, Time, 10 Sep. 2021 Interestingly, Intel has co-designed with Microsoft a special thread scheduler, destined for Windows 11, that will optimize performance. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 19 Aug. 2021 With a colorful blend of biting absurdity and copious dad jokes to offset the commonplace narrative, Rianda and Rowe optimize their dysfunctional family road trip for high-functioning enjoyment. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2021 For the Covid-19 pandemic to stay on a downward trend, the U.S. must optimize a national viral sequencing network that is scalable and based on regional capabilities for sequencing and public health intervention. James Crawford, STAT, 9 Apr. 2021 The three off-road drive modes—Snow, Mud, and Sand—optimize the throttle response, transmission, and torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system for particular conditions. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 3 Mar. 2021 Farmers can optimize their products with single, half-shell oysters that sell for a higher price than clumps harvested off reefs. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Feb. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of optimize

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

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