verb (used with object), max·i·mized, max·i·miz·ing.
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.
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- maximum breathing capacity,
- maximum card,
- maximum likelihood,
- maximum likelihood estimation
Also especially British, max·i·mise.
Origin of maximize
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(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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