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optimization

[op-tuh-muh-zey-shuh n] /ˌɒp tə məˈzeɪ ʃən/
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
1855-1860
1855-60; optimize + -ation
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n.

1857, noun of action from optimize.

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