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[mak-suh-mahyz] /ˈmæk səˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), maximized, maximizing.
to increase to the greatest possible amount or degree:
to look for ways of maximizing profit.
to represent at the highest possible estimate; magnify:
He maximized his importance in the program, minimizing the contributions of the other participants.
to make the greatest or fullest use of:
Maximize your time by planning ahead.
Origin of maximize
1795-1805; maxim(um) + -ize
Related forms
maximization, maximation, noun
maximizer, noun
Can be confused
maximize, optimize. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for maximise
  • These three missions are planned to orbit as pairs to maximise coverage.
  • Trilobites may have evolved such sophisticated eye-lenses to maximise optic neurone response in a dimly lit environment.
  • Economic paradigms are set by manufacturers looking at ways to maximise profits not scientists.
  • Charity businesses will try to maximise their financial gains.
  • Politicians say it is exploited to maximise welfare and housing benefits.
  • It also leads to electoral boundaries drawn purely to maximise political gain but making no geographical or administrative sense.
  • The economics of externalities argue for enhancing this type of farming so as to maximise society's well-being.
  • Firms maximise profits because, if they did not, they would no longer be in business.
  • Even when strangers are involved, lenders are usually not seeking solely to maximise returns.
  • The goal of policy should be to maximise a country's absolute rate of growth, not its relative rate.
British Dictionary definitions for maximise


(transitive) to make as high or great as possible; increase to a maximum
(maths) to find the maximum of (a function)
Derived Forms
maximization, maximisation, maximation, noun
maximizer, maximiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for maximise

chiefly British English spelling of maximize. For suffix, see -ize. Related: Maximised; maximising.



1802, formed in English from maximum + -ize; first attested in Bentham, who used it often. Related: Maximized; maximizing.

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