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".