optimum

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noun op·ti·mum \ˈäp-tə-məm\

Definition of optimum

plural

optima

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optimums

  1. 1 :  the amount or degree of something that is most favorable to some end The substances were mixed in various proportions until an optimum was reached.; especially :  the most favorable condition for the growth and reproduction of an organism The soil condition for this crop is now at an optimum.

  2. 2 :  greatest degree attained or attainable under implied or specified conditions This agricultural pest reaches its optimum farther south.

optimum

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Examples of optimum in a Sentence

  1. The substances were mixed in various proportions until an optimum was reached.

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Origin and Etymology of optimum

Latin


OPTIMUM Defined for English Language Learners

optimum

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Definition of optimum for English Language Learners

  • : the amount or degree of something that is best or most effective


OPTIMUM Defined for Kids

optimum

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Definition of optimum for Students

  1. :  most desirable or satisfactory The shuttle is launched only under optimum conditions.


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optimum

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noun op·ti·mum \ˈäp-tə-məm\

Medical Definition of optimum

plural

optima

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optimums

  1. 1:  the amount or degree of something that is most favorable to some end; especially :  the most favorable condition for the growth and reproduction of an organism

  2. 2:  greatest degree attained or attainable under implied or specified conditions

optimum

adjective

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