optimize

[op-tuh-mahyz]
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.
Also, especially British, optimise.


Origin:
1835–45; optim(um) + -ize

maximize, optimize.
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optimize or optimise (ˈɒptɪˌmaɪz)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to take the full advantage of
2.  (tr) to plan or carry out (an economic activity) with maximum efficiency
3.  (intr) to be optimistic
4.  (tr) to write or modify (a computer program) to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity, time, cost, etc
5.  (tr) to find the best compromise among several often conflicting requirements, as in engineering design
 
optimise or optimise
 
vb
 
optimi'zation or optimise
 
n
 
optimi'sation or optimise
 
n

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optimize
1844, "to act as an optimist," back formation from optimist. Meaning "to make the most of" is first recorded 1857. Related: Optimization; optimisation.
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optimize definition


optimisation

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Example sentences
We're thinking about ways to optimize the science from the mission.
The contoured hood adjusts two ways to optimize neck mobility.
Looking at the available data, engineers decide on a flow rate that they feel
  will optimize the infrastructure project.
These gardens make the best use of space and design to optimize outdoor living.
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