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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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 Instead, says Valve, the Deck uses its own bespoke OS, which will automatically optimize any game booted up on the handheld. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 16 July 2021 The rotor moves on ceramic ball bearings, which optimize the winding system. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 14 July 2021 Beyond food and equipment distribution, the company provides analytics and reporting tools for customers to manage inventory, track purchasing trends and optimize menus. Agam Shah, WSJ, 9 July 2021 However, with online shopping as the new norm, brands must find new ways to demonstrate their value and optimize customer interactions. Brandon Murphy, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Read on to learn how to avoid a faulty pattern and optimize your breathing for stress relief, calm and focus, the same way elite athletes like former World Cup champion skier Lindsey Vonn do. Dana Santas, CNN, 7 July 2021 The modus operandi here since Sweeney’s arrival in the spring of ’15 has been to augment around the aging veterans from the ’11 Cup, optimize the window of opportunity. BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2021 This measurement, which helped discern exactly how much light was being absorbed by an individual’s skin and tissues, allowed the physician to personalize light level calibrations and optimize the device’s accuracy. Amy Moran-thomas, Wired, 4 June 2021 In Flight Marketers often struggle with how to optimize the performance of their advertising campaigns in flight. Pattie Pan, Forbes, 28 June 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 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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