Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make as perfect or effective as possible.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To increase the computing speed and efficiency of (a program), as by rewriting instructions.
  • transitive v. To make the most of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. (intransitive) To act optimistically or as an optimist.
  • v. To make (something) optimal.
  • v. To make (something) more efficient, such as a computer program.
  • v. To become optimal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make as useful, effective, or functional as possible.
  • transitive v. To get the most out of; to use to the best effect; to exploit fully.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hold or express the doctrines or belief of an optimist.
  • To take the most hopeful view of a matter; hold or maintain hopeful views habitually.
  • Also spelled optimise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. modify to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity or time or cost
  • v. make optimal; get the most out of; use best
  • v. act as an optimist and take a sunny view of the world

Etymologies

(1844) Back-formation from optimist. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So we track each asset, we manage it to what I call optimize that asset, and we'll pace the sales rate and margin to the investment for what makes us the most money and the best returns.

  • Being forced to troubleshoot & optimize is the means to the end - the better protocol.

    Standing Alone in My Methods

  • Science is embedded in an enframed mindset by which the Nietzschean impulse to optimize translates into the outcomes of science, technology.

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  • Social Media Optimizer was a good way to explain what spammers do when they take social media applications and game them (optimize is a kind word).

    MyBlogLog SchMOes: Two Months Later

  • Again, it's both, Tony, that the way that we see the story unfolding as we move towards $2 million a store is that there's so much fixed cost in this business that if you can drive that top line, as you begin to -- I don't know that I love the word optimize, but it is a optimize the operating model.

  • The default setting in both Google and Yahoo is "optimize" -- Google even goes so far as to term this the "recommended" setting.

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  • One way to optimize is to update label text only when "mem/physical/free" data source is updated.

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  • The best way to optimize is to find out what is taking the most time and tune it, always checking that the effect was what you intended.

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  • The true and fundamental appeal of the paleo approach is that we are attempting to operate pre-neolithic, i.e., in a manner our bodies and minds evolved to optimize, which is the role of natural selection.

    Free the Animal

  • Keyword optimize content: Title tags, on-page titles, section headings, body copy, link text between pages, image alt text, navigation text and footer text.

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