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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.
Origin of maximize
1795-1805
1795-1805; maxim(um) + -ize
Related forms
maximization, maximation, noun
maximizer, noun
Can be confused
maximize, optimize.
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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
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Word Origin and History for maximize
v.

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

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