from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To increase or make as great as possible.
  • transitive verb Mathematics To find the largest value of (a function).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make as great as possible; raise or increase to the highest degree. Also spelled maximise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To increase to the highest degree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to make as large as possible
  • verb computing, graphical user interface to expand (a window) to fill the main display area

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

  • verb make as big or large as possible
  • verb make the most of


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