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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for optimized
  • Elegant idea, but there actually are a few reasons why optimized mirrors work better in this application.
  • The web interface, however, is not searchable or optimized for a mobile experience.
  • Both have smartphone-optimized versions, so anywhere there's wireless coverage, you can get your calendar.
  • For example, you need central planning for optimized railroads these days, because conditions have changed.
  • The human body is optimized for a omnivorous diet including carbohydrates, vegetables, meat and dairy.
  • Given the example of other nations to copy, economic development can be optimized and streamlined.
  • But this country has optimized human potential, and it's not over yet.
  • The usual problem with them is that they can only be optimized for specific frequencies.
  • The locations are optimized for fairly uniform and high resolution over the field of view.
  • Spirochete bacteria are already optimized for sensitivity to motion, light, and chemicals.
British Dictionary definitions for optimized


(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 optimized



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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