Definition of maximize in English:


(also maximise)


  • 1 Make as large or great as possible.

    ‘the company was aiming to maximize profits’
    • ‘As was noted above, it is the presumed goal of entrepreneurs to maximize their profits, and to be as successful as possible.’
    • ‘Landlords are being urged to remortgage if possible to maximise their returns.’
    • ‘To maximize profits, some franchisees hire poorly trained teachers for low salaries.’
    • ‘Lung cancer has to be diagnosed as early as possible in order to maximize the chance of recovery.’
    • ‘Your aim is to maximise the total profit, within the legal constraints that all tickets are treated equally.’
    • ‘It is important to do this as early as possible to maximise the chances of you keeping your home.’
    • ‘The companies may be poor at recognising and adapting to change, but they are masters at maximising their profits.’
    • ‘It doesn't take a genius to realise that, where possible, they will maximise that profit.’
    • ‘Developers like this too, because it maximizes their profits.’
    • ‘By keeping your file sizes and page sizes as small as possible, you can maximize the amount of page views your site can produce.’
    • ‘The existence of large financial-market actors that do not care about maximizing their profits magnifies the riskiness of the bets.’
    • ‘We also adopt the standard microeconomic assumption that the firm aims to maximize its profits.’
    • ‘In this framework, optimizing climate control in glasshouses to maximize plant growth is possible.’
    • ‘Keep all four wheels on the pavement as long as possible to maximize the power and length of your strokes.’
    • ‘The singular aim of elite globalization is to maximize profits for international corporations.’
    • ‘For economy's sake, and the success of the venture, the crew would be as small as was possible, maximising the volume of goods carried.’
    • ‘He explored ethically possible avenues to maximize the level of wealth in the public sector.’
    • ‘In other cases, where a cure is not possible, the treatment aims to maximise the length and quality of life.’
    • ‘Of course, this does not necessarily mean that investing in ethical portfolios maximises possible returns.’
    • ‘The logic of the capitalist is to maximize profit for him or herself.’
    enlarge, boost, enhance, maximize, increase, augment, extend, expand, amplify, intensify, heighten, deepen, broaden, widen, dilate
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    1. 1.1Make the best use of.
      ‘a thriller that maximizes the potential of its locations’
      • ‘The Government is keen to maximise this export potential across all the public services.’
      • ‘Each step is essential for maximizing the potential for a successful and enjoyable project.’
      • ‘One possible strategy for maximizing the period of plant growth in snowbed habitats would be for seedlings to germinate as early as possible after snowmelt.’
      • ‘Funding to maximise the potential of this work would be wonderful.’
      • ‘It simply means you have to find the best way to maximize your own potential.’
      • ‘If he's good enough, it's guaranteed they'll find him and he'll be directed in a way that maximises his potential.’
      • ‘He said that the building maximised the potential of both the library and the heritage facilities.’
      • ‘However, he maximizes his potential and has a great natural feel for the game.’
      • ‘That meant bringing in as much natural light as possible and maximizing the view of the city.’
      • ‘They would like to maximize the potential of their pace battery which is the engine which drives them on a cricket field.’
      • ‘I notice there are not so many people in the world that have the dream job, and most people do not feel as if they are maximizing their potential.’
      • ‘How many of us in academic posts have maximized our potential for excellence?’
      • ‘I will defend the Green Belt, while working with London's boroughs to ensure that its potential is maximised.’
      • ‘If you really want a professional website that maximises your idea's potential, then get in the professionals.’
      • ‘I'll be honest, I didn't spend a great deal of time studying for my exams, but when I did, I did so in an organized manner which maximised my learning potential for what I was doing.’
      • ‘Consequently, she has put every other aspect of her life on hold to ensure that she maximises her true potential.’
      • ‘No wonder some of his MPs fret about whether he is simply too laid-back to maximise their potential.’
      • ‘Instead, he will be looking to maximise the potential already in place.’
      • ‘We want them to maximise their potential and opportunities for the future in the community.’
      • ‘He also wished to consolidate the colonies, in order to maximize their potential strength.’


Early 19th century: from Latin maximus (see maximum)+ -ize.