op·​ti·​mi·​za·​tion | \ ˌäp-tə-mə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce optimization (audio) \

Definition of optimization

: an act, process, or methodology of making something (such as a design, system, or decision) as fully perfect, functional, or effective as possible specifically : the mathematical procedures (such as finding the maximum of a function) involved in this

Examples of optimization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like the bulk of West’s work, the theme of self-optimization becomes his primary pursuit. Wired, "The Empty Innovation of Kanye West's Gospel Album," 29 Oct. 2019 In art, in business, in work, in life, in a culture that prizes self-optimization and denigrates comfort accordingly—comfort zone can become a place that suggests complacency. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The James Franco Lawsuit Has a Point to Make About ‘Comfort Zones’," 4 Oct. 2019 Bacon said that Google expected the same three uses that other quantum computing companies are focusing on: simulation of quantum systems like complex chemicals and biomolecules; machine learning; and optimization problems. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Here’s what the people who claimed Google’s quantum supremacy have to say about it," 24 Oct. 2019 Excel Pro Tips: Analytics Tools: This training explores Excel's more complex functionalities, like forecasting stock prices or solving optimization problems. NBC News, "Excel at Excel with a massive course bundle for less than $20," 18 Oct. 2019 The Google researchers say in their paper that their quantum computer may also have uses in optimization problems, machine learning as well as materials science and chemistry. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "What Is Quantum Supremacy, and Why Is It Such a Computing Milestone?," 20 Sep. 2019 Fluid's weakly typed documents offer a lot of potential for workflow optimization, but there's also potential for confusion. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Strongly typed documents, move aside—Microsoft Fluid is coming," 5 Nov. 2019 From best search engine optimization (SEO) practices on Google to best marketing strategies on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, there is a lot to learn. NBC News, "Enhance your business with SEO on Google, Facebook, and more — here's how," 24 Oct. 2019 Unbeknownst to the public as part of our optimization . . Susannah George, Washington Post, "U.S. has begun reducing troops in Afghanistan, commander says," 21 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'optimization.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of optimization

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for optimization

optimize + -ation

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about optimization

Time Traveler for optimization

Time Traveler

The first known use of optimization was in 1857

See more words from the same year

Statistics for optimization

Last Updated

15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Optimization.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimization. Accessed 22 January 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on optimization

Britannica English: Translation of optimization for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about optimization

Comments on optimization

What made you want to look up optimization? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to help to grow, develop, or succeed

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!