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[op-tuh-mahyz] /ˈɒp təˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), optimized, optimizing.
to make as effective, perfect, or useful as possible.
to make the best of.
Computers. to write or rewrite (the instructions in a program) so as to maximize efficiency and speed in retrieval, storage, or execution.
Mathematics. to determine the maximum or minimum values of (a specified function that is subject to certain constraints).
verb (used without object), optimized, optimizing.
to be optimistic.
Also, especially British, optimise.
Origin of optimize
1835-45; optim(um) + -ize
Can be confused
maximize, optimize. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for optimize
  • 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.
  • Designers optimize today's jet engines for either fuel efficiency or speed, but not for both.
  • The researchers have designed a system so that fridge case manufacturers can optimize their companies' designs.
  • Learn how to minimize topsoil loss and optimize water retention.
  • Newer studies suggest that this approach may improve outcomes as well as intensive treatment to optimize blood sugars.
  • The best is to optimize planning in order to minimize air traveling.
  • The primary goal of organic production is to optimize the health of the food and the people eating it.
British Dictionary definitions for optimize


(transitive) to take the full advantage of
(transitive) to plan or carry out (an economic activity) with maximum efficiency
(intransitive) to be optimistic
(transitive) to write or modify (a computer program) to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity, time, cost, etc
(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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optimize in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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