Definition of optimize in English:


(British optimise)


[with object]
  • 1Make the best or most effective use of (a situation or resource)

    ‘we manage our time so that we optimize our productivity’
    • ‘Early identification of children at risk for reading failure optimizes the chances for effective intervention.’
    • ‘These research priorities involve addressing poverty through the integrated development of rural and urban areas, optimising human resources and understanding the new economy.’
    • ‘The plan was to optimise the resources of land, real estate, roads, and other utilities to streamline development.’
    • ‘But we have to consider how best to optimize our resources and find our way back to the enormous success we have had in previous years.’
    • ‘So we need to be able to look at things broadly and regionally so we can optimize the right resources.’
    • ‘It is a standard assumption in plant ecology that plants respond to their environment in such a way as to optimize their resource use.’
    • ‘But I have stabilised, and I have optimised my chances of living on into a reasonable old age.’
    • ‘There is generally no need to stop drinking alcohol before pregnancy, although couples with infertility problems should cut it out to optimise their chances.’
    • ‘The council is to set up an Olympic Games Committee to optimise all possible opportunities emanating from the London games.’
    • ‘Dr Hamilton, Author of Passing Exams says that having good self-esteem should optimise your chances in the exam hall.’
    • ‘However, optimizing your chances of properly filtering the information you receive is critical.’
    • ‘In an earlier article, we highlighted how to optimize stock to deal with the uncertainty in forecasting demand.’
    • ‘Democracy is messy and does not guarantee outcomes that optimize the life circumstances of those it empowers.’
    • ‘High achievement for diverse groups of learners is an outcome of the skilled and cumulative pedagogical actions of a teacher in creating and optimising an effective learning environment.’
    • ‘Ms. Shyam believes that by using alternative energy and recycling as much as possible, the institute can optimise use of its resources.’
    • ‘This lack of data constrains the ability of policy makers to choose a mix of deterrents that optimises program effectiveness.’
    • ‘The exclusion of such men optimises the effectiveness of screening by increasing the level of participation.’
    • ‘To optimise the effectiveness of your company's website, you must firstly identify the keywords of most relevance to the products or services you offer.’
    • ‘When used as part of a comprehensive greens-management program, Micro-Gro Plus reduces the need for fertilizers and fungicides, and optimizes playing conditions.’
    • ‘In the lab, we optimized conditions and ran all the reactions in the same thermal cycler.’
    1. 1.1Computing Rearrange or rewrite (data, software, etc.) to improve efficiency of retrieval or processing.
      • ‘A search engine optimizes the retrieval process by indexing.’
      • ‘But this only affects a small part of the project, which you can optimize or even rewrite.’
      • ‘The Swiss researchers have simply optimised the process, developing a demo programme than can crack Windows passwords more quickly.’
      • ‘Pending this innovation, there is need for validated search strategies for systematic reviews that optimise retrieval for clinical users and researchers.’
      • ‘This improved performance and optimized data analysis will enable better decisions and provide a competitive edge.’


Early 19th century from Latin optimus ‘best’ + -ize.