tr.v. op·ti·mized, op·ti·miz·ing, op·ti·miz·es
1. To make as perfect or effective as possible.
2. Computers To increase the computing speed and efficiency of (a program), as by rewriting instructions.
3. To make the most of.
op′ti·mi·zation (-mĭ-zāshən) n.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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