optimize

[ op-tuh-mahyz ]
/ ˈɒp təˌmaɪz /
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verb (used with object), op·ti·mized, op·ti·miz·ing.

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), op·ti·mized, op·ti·miz·ing.

to be optimistic.

Nearby words

  1. optime,
  2. optimism,
  3. optimist,
  4. optimistic,
  5. optimization,
  6. optimum,
  7. optimum dose,
  8. optimum population,
  9. option,
  10. option money

Also especially British, op·ti·mise.

Origin of optimize

First recorded in 1835–45; optim(um) + -ize

Can be confusedmaximize optimize

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British Dictionary definitions for optimised

optimize

optimise

/ (ˈɒptɪˌmaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to take the full advantage of
(tr) to plan or carry out (an economic activity) with maximum efficiency
(intr) to be optimistic
(tr) to write or modify (a computer program) to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity, time, cost, etc
(tr) to find the best compromise among several often conflicting requirements, as in engineering design
Derived Formsoptimization or optimisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for optimised

optimize

v.

1844, "to act as an optimist," back-formation from optimist. Meaning "to make the most of" is first recorded 1857. Related: Optimized; optimizing.

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