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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optimizer \ ˈäp-​tə-​ˌmī-​zər How to pronounce optimizer (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 One of Cowin's most popular designs gives you 30 hours of battery life, virtually complete audio clarity (with real-time calibration) and a voice-optimized microphone for making calls. NBC News, "These 10 active noise-canceling headphones are on deep sale," 5 Nov. 2019 But in our current era of optimized time trial experiments and trampoline shoes, who’s to say what’s feasible? Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "What's Next for the Women's Marathon World Record?," 17 Oct. 2019 Sensatek Propulsion Technology has developed wireless sensors that track firing temperature in gas turbine engines to help businesses save costs by optimizing the time between maintenance cycles. Marco Santana, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando accelerator reaches $225,000 max investment in startup for 1st time," 10 Oct. 2019 In addition to Google Play store, the Duo will likely get Microsoft-optimized apps redesigned for the Duo—and Microsoft owns lots of apps. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Did Microsoft Finally Make a Phone Worth Buying?," 2 Oct. 2019 This optimized technique reflects a DIY spirit that pervades much of Baltimore’s creative culture, to which the band remains deeply connected. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "After 15 years, Baltimore's Beach House stays riding creative waves," 5 June 2019 Google tweaks, tunes, and optimizes Android like no one else, and that makes sense. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 Prime editing should be tested and optimized in as many cell types as researchers are interested in editing. Sharon Begley, STAT, "You had questions for David Liu about CRISPR, prime editing, and advice to young scientists. He has answers," 6 Nov. 2019 Because of you, this year security will be optimized. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Golf carts get new purpose: City donation to help high school campus security," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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Last Updated

4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Optimize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimizer?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=optimi08. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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