[ mak-suh-mahyz ]
/ ˈmæk səˌmaɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. maximilian ii,
  2. maximin,
  3. maximise,
  4. maximite,
  5. maximization,
  6. maximum,
  7. maximum breathing capacity,
  8. maximum card,
  9. maximum likelihood,
  10. maximum likelihood estimation

Also especially British, max·i·mise.

Origin of maximize

First recorded in 1795–1805; maxim(um) + -ize

Related formsmax·i·mi·za·tion, max·i·ma·tion, nounmax·i·miz·er, noun

Can be confusedmaximize optimize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for maximizer



/ (ˈmæksɪˌmaɪz) /


(tr) to make as high or great as possible; increase to a maximum
maths to find the maximum of (a function)
Derived Formsmaximization, maximisation or maximation, nounmaximizer or maximiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for maximizer



1802, formed in English from maximum + -ize; first attested in Bentham, who used it often. Related: Maximized; maximizing.

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