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

Examples of optimize in a Sentence

The new system will optimize the efficiency with which water is used.
Recent Examples on the Web This engine would handle everything from real-time audio and vision to background functions that optimize fan speed and temperature control all the way up to image generation and language models. Brian Westover, PCMAG, 15 July 2024 These achievements highlight my ability to strategically allocate resources, optimize expenditures, and identify opportunities for financial efficiencies. Nick Sullivan, The Arizona Republic, 10 July 2024 More testing will be done on the Starliner's functions and how to optimize them both before, during and after undocking as well. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 10 July 2024 The company says both devices feature a more durable hinge, better battery life and run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor optimized for AI processing. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 10 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for optimize 

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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 24 Jul. 2024.

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