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Pronunciation: (op"tu-mu-zā'shun), [key]
1. the fact of optimizing; making the best of anything.
2. the condition of being optimized.
3. Math.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.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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