Etymology
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optimize (v.)

1844, "to act as an optimist, take the most hopeful view of a matter," a back-formation from optimist. Meaning "to make the most of, develop to the utmost" is attested by 1857. Related: Optimized; optimizing.

updated on September 05, 2019

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Definitions of optimize from WordNet

optimize (v.)
make optimal; get the most out of; use best;
optimize your resources
Synonyms: optimise
optimize (v.)
modify to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity or time or cost;
optimize a computer program
Synonyms: optimise
optimize (v.)
act as an optimist and take a sunny view of the world;
Synonyms: optimise
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