- 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, max·i·mise.
Origin of maximize
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Examples from the Web for maximize
After all, as one McCain aide told The Daily Beast, it is necessary “in order to fully operate the mine and maximize job growth.”McCain Helps a Business Partner of Iran
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In that case, the best plan is to maximize the white vote and to avoid naturalizing immigrants.Even Conservative Evangelical Support Couldn’t Save Immigration Reform
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The press was very liberal, back in those days, “so they find every little thing that is wrong and try to maximize it,” he said.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
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I maximize time in hardened buildings and only return to my thin-walled quarters for sleep.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins
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It is not enough to maximize wealth; we must strive to maximize utilities.
They try to maximize their benefits at any cost, as long as it is a cost to others.After the Rain
- (tr) to make as high or great as possible; increase to a maximum
- maths to find the maximum of (a function)
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Word Origin and History for maximize
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