[ op-tuh-mahyz ]
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verb (used with object),op·ti·mized, op·ti·miz·ing.
  1. to make as effective, perfect, or useful as possible.

  2. to make the best of.

  1. Computers. to write or rewrite (the instructions in a program) so as to maximize efficiency and speed in retrieval, storage, or execution.

  2. 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.
  1. to be optimistic.

Origin of optimize

First recorded in 1835–45; optim(um) + -ize
  • Also especially British, op·ti·mise .

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British Dictionary definitions for optimize



/ (ˈɒptɪˌmaɪz) /

  1. (tr) to take the full advantage of

  2. (tr) to plan or carry out (an economic activity) with maximum efficiency

  1. (intr) to be optimistic

  2. (tr) to write or modify (a computer program) to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity, time, cost, etc

  3. (tr) to find the best compromise among several often conflicting requirements, as in engineering design

Derived forms of optimize

  • optimization or optimisation, noun

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