Definition of optimize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɒptɪmaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːptɪmaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they optimize
    BrE BrE//ˈɒptɪmaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːptɪmaɪz//
    he / she / it optimizes
    BrE BrE//ˈɒptɪmaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːptɪmaɪzɪz//
    past simple optimized
    BrE BrE//ˈɒptɪmaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːptɪmaɪzd//
    past participle optimized
    BrE BrE//ˈɒptɪmaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːptɪmaɪzd//
    -ing form optimizing
    BrE BrE//ˈɒptɪmaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːptɪmaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1optimize something to make something as good as it can be; to use something in the best possible way to optimize the use of resources
  2. 2(computing) to change data, software, etc. in order to make it work more efficiently or to make it suitable for a particular purpose It is important that websites are optimized for mobile devices.
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from Latin optimus ‘best’ + -ize.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: optimize