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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.
Also, especially British, maximise.
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 maximize
  • 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.
  • Drill deep holes, even going all the way through the block, to maximize the nesting depth.
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  • The company said it intends to remain independent to maximize the value of shareholder investments.
  • He also alters the plot to heighten tension and maximize the effect of imagery.
  • It defined individualism as the making of choices so as to maximize one's preferences.
  • The investment seeks to maximize income while maintaining prospects for capital appreciation.
British Dictionary definitions for maximize


(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 maximize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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