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optimize

or (especially British) optimise

[op-tuh-mahyz] /ˈɒp təˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), optimized, optimizing.
1.
to make as effective, perfect, or useful as possible.
2.
to make the best of.
3.
Computers. to write or rewrite (the instructions in a program) so as to maximize efficiency and speed in retrieval, storage, or execution.
4.
Mathematics. to determine the maximum or minimum values of (a specified function that is subject to certain constraints).
verb (used without object), optimized, optimizing.
5.
to be optimistic.
Origin of optimize
1835-1845
1835-45; optim(um) + -ize
Can be confused
maximize, optimize.
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optimize

/ˈɒptɪˌmaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to take the full advantage of
2.
(transitive) to plan or carry out (an economic activity) with maximum efficiency
3.
(intransitive) to be optimistic
4.
(transitive) to write or modify (a computer program) to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity, time, cost, etc
5.
(transitive) to find the best compromise among several often conflicting requirements, as in engineering design
Derived Forms
optimization, optimisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for optimize
v.

1844, "to act as an optimist," back-formation from optimist. Meaning "to make the most of" is first recorded 1857. Related: Optimized; optimizing.

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optimize in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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