op·​ti·​mize | \ˈäp-tə-ˌmīz \
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 \ noun

Examples of optimize in a Sentence

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

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In the competitive zeal to identify every edge in numbers, something fundamental has been lost, resulting in a game that optimizes for winning instead of fun. Jane Leavy, WSJ, "What to Give: Sports Books," 16 Nov. 2018 The brand spent 10 years studying over 10,000 species of superior tea trees from all over the world in order to develop strains that optimize the anti-aging compounds of the plant. Vogue, "South Korea’s Jeju Island Has the Best Beaches, Freshest Seafood, and the Makings for the Best Beauty Products Ever—Green Tea," 18 Sep. 2018 Here are five elements to add to your backyard to fully optimize your time spent outdoors this season. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "Making Your Backyard Better," 2 July 2018 Warner is beyond meticulous about coffee, going so far as mineralizing water and selecting different beans for coffees with and without milk to optimize their flavors. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Coat Check Coffee opens its 2nd location in Indianapolis," 14 May 2018 Its entire kill chain of satellites, radar, warplanes, torpedoes, and missiles is optimized for destroying large ships and stopping air attacks. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Iran Just Claimed Control Over the Persian Gulf. Here’s How They’d Defend It.," 27 Aug. 2018 More optimized for long-form narratives and things like that. Recode Staff, Recode, "Why ‘Star Wars’ is like a social network, and other insights from Eugene Wei on Recode Media," 13 July 2018 The new neighborhood’s mobility needs are similarly being optimized for car-free and car-lite lifestyles. Jay Walljasper, WIRED, "The Bitter Battle to Turn an Old Factory Into a 21st Century 'Eco-Village'," 3 July 2018 In these instances tasking the Federal Reserve with optimizing employment is at best risky, and at worse counterproductive nonsense. WSJ, "The Fed Should Stick to a Goal It Can Meet," 14 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of optimize

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

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