follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

maximize

[mak-suh-mahyz] /ˈmæk səˌmaɪz/
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
1795-1805; maxim(um) + -ize
Related forms
maximization, maximation, noun
maximizer, noun
Can be confused
maximize, optimize.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for maximization

maximize

/ˈmæksɪˌmaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make as high or great as possible; increase to a maximum
2.
(maths) to find the maximum of (a function)
Derived Forms
maximization, maximisation, maximation, noun
maximizer, maximiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for maximization
n.

1802, noun of action from maximize.

maximize

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for maximize

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for maximization

32
0
Scrabble Words With Friends