Definition of maximize in English:

maximize

(also maximise)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Make as large or great as possible.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

maximize

/ˈmaksɪmʌɪz/