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

  • transitive v. To increase or make as great as possible: "the ideal of maximizing opportunity through the equalizing of educational opportunity” ( Robert J. Havighurst).
  • transitive v. To assign the highest possible importance to.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To find the largest value of (a function).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to make as large as possible
  • v. to expand (a window) to fill the main display area

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To increase to the highest degree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • v. make as big or large as possible
  • v. make the most of


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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