optimize (v.) 1844, "to act as an optimist," back formation from OPTIMIST (Cf. optimist). Meaning "to make the most of" is first recorded 1857. Related: Optimized; optimizing; optimization; optimisation.

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  • optimize — op‧ti‧mize [ˈɒptmaɪz ǁ ˈɑːp ] also optimise verb [transitive] to make the best possible use of something or to do something in the best possible way: • technical specifications designed to optimize the performance of Windows software • Cash flow …   Financial and business terms

  • optimize — op ti*mize ([o^]p t[i^]*m[imac]z ) v. t. [imp. & p. p. {optimized} ([o^]p t[i^]*m[imac]zd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {optimizing} ([o^]p t[i^]*m[imac] z[i^]ng).] 1. To make as useful, effective, or functional as possible; as, to optimize the speed of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • optimize — (Amer.) op·ti·mize || É‘ptɪmaɪz / É’p v. produce maximum results; make optimal; improve efficiency; become optimal; act as an optimist, act in an optimistic manner; (Computers) carry out optimization (also optimise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • optimize — (also optimise) ► VERB ▪ make the best or most effective use of (a situation or resource). DERIVATIVES optimization noun optimizer noun …   English terms dictionary

  • optimize — [äp′tə mīz΄] vi. optimized, optimizing to be given to optimism vt. to make the most of; develop or realize to the utmost extent; obtain the most efficient or optimum use of optimization n …   English World dictionary

  • optimize — [[t]ɒ̱ptɪmaɪz[/t]] optimizes, optimizing, optimized (in BRIT, also use optimise) 1) VERB To optimize a plan, system, or machine means to arrange or design it so that it operates as smoothly and efficiently as possible. [FORMAL] [V n] Doctors are… …   English dictionary

  • optimize — UK [ˈɒptɪmaɪz] / US [ˈɑptɪmaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms optimize : present tense I/you/we/they optimize he/she/it optimizes present participle optimizing past tense optimized past participle optimized to make something such as a method or… …   English dictionary

  • optimize — verb Optimize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑performance …   Collocations dictionary

  • optimize — op|ti|mize also optimise BrE [ˈɔptımaız US ˈa:p ] v [T] to improve the way that something is done or used so that it is as effective as possible ▪ They need to optimize the use of available resources …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • optimize — op|ti|mize [ aptı,maız ] verb transitive to make something such as a method or process as good or as effective as possible: changes designed to optimize the efficiency of the organization …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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