maximize

[mak-suh-mahyz]
verb (used with object), maximized, maximizing.
1.
to increase to the greatest possible amount or degree: to look for ways of maximizing profit.
2.
to represent at the highest possible estimate; magnify: He maximized his importance in the program, minimizing the contributions of the other participants.
3.
to make the greatest or fullest use of: Maximize your time by planning ahead.
Also, especially British, maximise.


Origin:
1795–1805; maxim(um) + -ize

maximization, maximation, noun
maximizer, noun

maximize, optimize.
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maximize or maximise (ˈmæksɪˌmaɪz)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to make as high or great as possible; increase to a maximum
2.  maths to find the maximum of (a function)
 
maximise or maximise
 
vb
 
maximi'zation or maximise
 
n
 
maximi'sation or maximise
 
n
 
maxi'mation or maximise
 
n
 
'maximizer or maximise
 
n
 
'maximiser or maximise
 
n

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maximize
formed in English 1802 from maximum (q.v.); first attested in Bentham, who used it often.
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Example sentences
To maximize the effect, the team has installed panoramic light fixtures that
  can be manually focused.
The garden, which slopes away from the house, was parceled into a series of
  terraces to maximize the usable area.
To maximize the view, he cleared out overgrown trees and shrubs.
Materials throughout this house were chosen carefully to maximize light,
  durability, and ease of cleaning.
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