Definition of maximize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmaksəˌmīz/


[with object]
1Make as large or great as possible: the company was aiming to maximize profits
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  • We also adopt the standard microeconomic assumption that the firm aims to maximize its profits.
  • Your aim is to maximise the total profit, within the legal constraints that all tickets are treated equally.
  • It doesn't take a genius to realise that, where possible, they will maximise that profit.
1.1Make the best use of: a rider can maximize a young horse’s athletic potential
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  • They would like to maximize the potential of their pace battery which is the engine which drives them on a cricket field.
  • Consequently, she has put every other aspect of her life on hold to ensure that she maximises her true 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌmaksəməˈzāSHən/
Pronunciation: /ˌmaksəˌmīˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • In realist theory, the maximization of power is achieved by the nation-state in the international sphere, not the government.
  • The maximization of value, profit and satisfaction are still the critical success factors in a commercial transaction.
  • Through measured results, they show this maximization.


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  • This seems reasonable but I just don't think that it works in a world of human beings who are not perfectly rational value maximisers.
  • But what it is useful for is adding more evidence to the growing pile that suggests that humans are not rational utility maximisers, as presupposed by economists; and pointing out that unfairness makes people unhappy.
  • Rational choice theory views actors as rational insofar as they act instrumentally, are utility maximizers, possess stable and exogenous preferences, and are self-interested.


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

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Syllabification: max·i·mize

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