Dictionary.com

optimize

[ op-tuh-mahyz ]
/ ˈɒp təˌmaɪz /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: optimize / optimized on Thesaurus.com

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.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also especially British, op·ti·mise .

Origin of optimize

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH optimize

maximize, optimize
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use optimize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for optimize

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 forms of optimize

optimization or optimisation, noun
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
FEEDBACK