[ mak-suh-mahyz ]
See synonyms for: maximizemaximization on

verb (used with object),max·i·mized, max·i·miz·ing.
  1. to increase to the greatest possible amount or degree: to look for ways of maximizing profit.

  2. to represent at the highest possible estimate; magnify: He maximized his importance in the program, minimizing the contributions of the other participants.

  1. to make the greatest or fullest use of: Maximize your time by planning ahead.

Origin of maximize

First recorded in 1795–1805; maxim(um) + -ize
  • Also especially British, max·i·mise .

Other words from maximize

  • max·i·mi·za·tion, max·i·ma·tion, noun
  • max·i·miz·er, noun

Words that may be confused with maximize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use maximize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for maximize



/ (ˈmæksɪˌmaɪz) /

  1. (tr) to make as high or great as possible; increase to a maximum

  2. maths to find the maximum of (a function)

Derived forms of maximize

  • maximization, maximisation or maximation, noun
  • maximizer or maximiser, noun

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