Definition of maximize in US English:

maximize

(British maximise)

verb

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

    ‘the company was aiming to maximize profits’
    • ‘We also adopt the standard microeconomic assumption that the firm aims to maximize its profits.’
    • ‘The singular aim of elite globalization is to maximize profits for international corporations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He explored ethically possible avenues to maximize the level of wealth in the public sector.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 this framework, optimizing climate control in glasshouses to maximize plant growth is possible.’
    • ‘To maximize profits, some franchisees hire poorly trained teachers for low salaries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Keep all four wheels on the pavement as long as possible to maximize the power and length of your strokes.’
    • ‘In other cases, where a cure is not possible, the treatment aims to maximise the length and quality of life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The existence of large financial-market actors that do not care about maximizing their profits magnifies the riskiness of the bets.’
    • ‘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 rider can maximize a young horse's athletic potential’
      • ‘Instead, he will be looking to maximise the potential already in place.’
      • ‘I will defend the Green Belt, while working with London's boroughs to ensure that its potential is maximised.’
      • ‘However, he maximizes his potential and has a great natural feel for the game.’
      • ‘If he's good enough, it's guaranteed they'll find him and he'll be directed in a way that maximises his potential.’
      • ‘That meant bringing in as much natural light as possible and maximizing the view of the city.’
      • ‘We want them to maximise their potential and opportunities for the future in the community.’
      • ‘It simply means you have to find the best way to maximize your own potential.’
      • ‘He also wished to consolidate the colonies, in order to maximize their potential strength.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No wonder some of his MPs fret about whether he is simply too laid-back to maximise their 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.’
      • ‘Funding to maximise the potential of this work would be wonderful.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘How many of us in academic posts have maximized our potential for excellence?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said that the building maximised the potential of both the library and the heritage facilities.’
      • ‘If you really want a professional website that maximises your idea's potential, then get in the professionals.’
      • ‘They would like to maximize the potential of their pace battery which is the engine which drives them on a cricket field.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

maximize

/ˈmaksəˌmīz//ˈmæksəˌmaɪz/