Etymology
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maximize (v.)

"to make as great as possible, raise or increase to the highest degree," 1802, formed in English from maximum + -ize; first attested in Bentham, who used it often. Related: Maximized; maximizing.

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Definitions of maximize

maximize (v.)
make as big or large as possible;
Synonyms: maximise
maximize (v.)
make the most of;
He maximized his role
Synonyms: maximise
From wordnet.princeton.edu