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 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 Maintain neighborhood schools that optimize proximity to home, prioritize safe, walkable passages to and from school, and take into account the boundaries of existing and planned community developments. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Harford schools preparing ‘balancing enrollment’ process to tackle present and future school capacity issues," 30 Dec. 2020 Intentional room configurations and choice of materials can optimize acoustics, allowing irrelevant conversations to fade and dampening background noise—even the normal decibel level of a traditional office increases the risk of high blood pressure. Sonner Kehrt, Wired, "The ‘Healthy Building’ Surge Will Outlast the Pandemic," 15 Dec. 2020 The researchers say the approach could be used to identify customized pacing plans that, in theory, would optimize individual horses’ chances of winning. Christa Lesté-lasserre, Science | AAAS, "The best way to win a horse race? Mathematicians may have the answer," 2 Dec. 2020 Artificial intelligence has helped us a lot to optimize tasks, process data and make decisions much faster than a human being could. Kim S. Nash, WSJ, "A Millionaire Hacker’s Lessons for Corporate America," 3 Oct. 2020 When asked why there are only 21 Health Corps members working during the current surge, a state public health department spokesperson said Tuesday that the agency is looking for ways to optimize the use of the volunteer program. Los Angeles Times, "California health officials scramble to staff medical facilities amid COVID-19 surge," 15 Dec. 2020 Others, however, had to move fast to implement or optimize e-commerce operations to stay top of mind with customers. Allison Hatfield, Dallas News, "7 ways technology is helping small businesses during COVID-19," 20 Nov. 2020 AWS Inferentia is a custom chip, built by AWS, to accelerate machine learning inference workloads and optimize their cost. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Amazon begins shifting Alexa’s cloud AI to its own silicon," 13 Nov. 2020 Legendary was in favor of the deal, which seemed to optimize the film’s value. New York Times, "Trading Box Office for Streaming, but Stars Still Want Their Money," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

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“Optimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimize. Accessed 24 Jan. 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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