maximize

verb

max·​i·​mize ˈmak-sə-ˌmīz How to pronounce maximize (audio)
maximized; maximizing

transitive verb

1
: to increase to a maximum
2
: to make the most of
3
: to find a maximum value of
4
: to increase the size of (a window) to fill an entire computer screen
maximization noun
maximizer noun

Examples of maximize in a Sentence

I rearranged the furniture to maximize the space in my small apartment. This program will teach you how to maximize your strengths while minimizing your weaknesses.
Recent Examples on the Web But maximizing these opportunities means learning the lessons of the last few years – moving away from illusory valuations driven by FOMO and media frenzy, and returning to the fundamentals of great investing, and real sustainable growth. Kjartan Rist, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 As for maximizing the opportunity at rare shiny variants, players should spin as many discs as possible and keep the tasks that ask players to power-up a certain type of Pokemon. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, 18 Feb. 2024 Employees in lower-wage industries are increasingly at the mercy of scheduling algorithms designed to maximize efficiency and minimize labor costs. Rebecca Plevin, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Lot sizes have remained more or less the same, which means the typical home is built to maximize the size of the kitchen and bedrooms even as its yard contracts and its proximity to neighbors increases. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 These same calculators will tell you how to zero your rifle to maximize that distance. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 14 Feb. 2024 But there are also a couple of reasons for caution still a couple of days out, including if temperatures will be cold enough to maximize an already somewhat limited accumulation potential. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 Contributing to a traditional individual retirement account and health savings account are also good ways to maximize your tax savings, according to U.S. News. Evan Moore, Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 Also, the three-abreast rows are essentially bench seating to maximize width, an increase from 17 inches up to 17.8 inches. Ryan Erik King / Jalopnik, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of maximize was in 1802

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Cite this Entry

“Maximize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maximize. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

maximize

verb
max·​i·​mize ˈmak-sə-ˌmīz How to pronounce maximize (audio)
maximized; maximizing
1
: to increase to a maximum
maximize profits
2
: to make the most of
maximize your opportunities
3
: to increase the size of (a window) to fill an entire computer screen
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