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



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmæksɪmaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæksɪmaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they maximize
    BrE BrE//ˈmæksɪmaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæksɪmaɪz//
    he / she / it maximizes
    BrE BrE//ˈmæksɪmaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæksɪmaɪzɪz//
    past simple maximized
    BrE BrE//ˈmæksɪmaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæksɪmaɪzd//
    past participle maximized
    BrE BrE//ˈmæksɪmaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæksɪmaɪzd//
    -ing form maximizing
    BrE BrE//ˈmæksɪmaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæksɪmaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1maximize something to increase something as much as possible to maximize efficiency/fitness/profits (computing) Maximize the window to full screen.
  2. 2maximize something to make the best use of something to maximize opportunities/resources
  3. opposite minimize
    Word Originearly 19th cent.: from Latin maximus (superlative of magnus ‘great’) + -ize.Extra examples The company is seeking to maximize its productivity. These exercises are designed to maximize coordination. The purpose of the restructuring is to maximize opportunities in the global market. They drew up a six-point plan to maximize safety and efficiency in the use of the equipment.
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