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