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[op-tuh-muh-zey-shuh n]
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  1. the fact of optimizing; making the best of anything.
  2. the condition of being optimized.
  3. Mathematics. a mathematical technique for finding a maximum or minimum value of a function of several variables subject to a set of constraints, as linear programming or systems analysis.

Origin of optimization

First recorded in 1855–60; optimize + -ation
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Word Origin and History for optimization


1857, noun of action from optimize.

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