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.
  3. Computers. to write or rewrite (the instructions in a program) so as to maximize efficiency and speed in retrieval, storage, or execution.
  4. 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.


  1. (tr) to take the full advantage of
  2. (tr) to plan or carry out (an economic activity) with maximum efficiency
  3. (intr) to be optimistic
  4. (tr) to write or modify (a computer program) to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity, time, cost, etc
  5. (tr) to find the best compromise among several often conflicting requirements, as in engineering design

v.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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