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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 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 But those Denuvo-removal updates may have come along with their own optimizations and refinements to improve performance absent any DRM changes. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Removing Denuvo DRM doesn’t improve performance for Arkham Knight," 24 Sep. 2019 Topic: Search engine optimization and website promotion for editors. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Business calendar: Business calendar: Upcoming events in the area," 20 Sep. 2019 Executive Director David Canedo said the foundation also has presented Father Joe’s with an $84,000 grant for search engine optimization and a $38,000 grant for its chaplaincy and volunteer services program. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jobs program growing with hydroponics at Father Joe’s," 27 Aug. 2019 Buyers and sellers can utilize their online tools for everything from SEO optimization to staging, pricing, marketing, and housing market trends. orlandosentinel.com, "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Home & Services winners," 6 Oct. 2019 The firms claimed to use a network of editors, translators, search engine optimization specialists, hackers and journalists, some of them on retainer, as well as investigators on staff who could dig up dirt. Ben Popken, NBC News, "Trolls for hire: Russia's freelance disinformation firms offer propaganda with a professional touch," 1 Oct. 2019 Treating crepe making as an optimization problem is a strategy that could be useful for other tasks. Stephen Ornes, Scientific American, "Perfect Crepes, by Way of Physics," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of optimization

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for optimization

optimize + -ation

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The first known use of optimization was in 1857

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3 Dec 2019

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“Optimization.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimization?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=optimi06. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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