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optimize

[ op-tuh-mahyz ]
/ 藞蓲p t蓹藢ma瑟z /
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verb (used with object), op路ti路mized, op路ti路miz路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路ti路mized, op路ti路miz路ing.
to be optimistic.
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Also especially British, op路ti路mise .

Origin of optimize

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH optimize

maximize, optimize
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British Dictionary definitions for optimize

optimize

optimise

/ (藞蓲pt瑟藢ma瑟z) /

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 forms of optimize

optimization or optimisation, noun
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