[ op-tuh-muh-zey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɒp tə məˈzeɪ ʃən /

the fact of optimizing; making the best of anything.
the condition of being optimized.
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.

Nearby words

  1. optimal,
  2. optime,
  3. optimism,
  4. optimist,
  5. optimistic,
  6. optimize,
  7. optimum,
  8. optimum dose,
  9. optimum population,
  10. option

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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