Pronunciation: (mak'su-mīz"), [key]
—v.t., -mized, -miz•ing.
1. to increase to the greatest possible amount or degree: to look for ways of maximizing profit.
2. to represent at the highest possible estimate; magnify: He maximized his importance in the program, minimizing the contributions of the other participants.
3. to make the greatest or fullest use of: Maximize your time by planning ahead. Also, esp. Brit.,max'i•mise".
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.