- 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).
- to be optimistic.
Also especially British, op·ti·mise.
Origin of optimize
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- (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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