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op·ti·mum

 (ŏp′tə-məm)
n. pl. op·ti·ma (-mə) or op·ti·mums
1. The point at which the condition, degree, or amount of something is the most favorable.
2. Biology The most favorable condition for growth and reproduction.
adj.
Most favorable or advantageous; best.

[Latin, neuter sing. of optimus, best; see op- in Indo-European roots.]

optimum

(ˈɒptɪməm)
n, pl -ma (-mə) or -mums
a condition, degree, amount or compromise that produces the best possible result
adj
most favourable or advantageous; best: optimum conditions.
[C19: from Latin: the best (thing), from optimus best; see optimism]

op•ti•mum

(ˈɒp tə məm)

n., pl. -ma (-mə), -mums, n.
1. the most favorable point, degree, or amount of something for obtaining a given result.
2. the most favorable conditions for the growth of an organism.
3. the best result obtainable under specific conditions.
adj.
4. most favorable or desirable; best.
[1875–80; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.optimum - most favorable conditions or greatest degree or amount possible under given circumstances
goodness, good - that which is pleasing or valuable or useful; "weigh the good against the bad"; "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization"
Adj.1.optimum - most desirable possible under a restriction expressed or implied; "an optimum return on capital"; "optimal concentration of a drug"
best - (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities; "the best film of the year"; "the best solution"; "the best time for planting"; "wore his best suit"

optimum

optimal
adjective ideal, best, highest, finest, choicest, perfect, supreme, peak, outstanding, first-class, foremost, first-rate, flawless, superlative, pre-eminent, most excellent, A1 or A-one (informal), most favourable or advantageous how to make the optimum use of resources
lowest, least, poorest, worst, minimal, inferior

optimum

adjective
Surpassing all others in quality:
Translations

optimum

[ˈɒptɪməm]
A. ADJ [level, number] → óptimo
in optimum conditionsen las condiciones óptimas or más favorables
within the optimum timedentro del tiempo ideal
for optimum healthpara gozar de buena salud
B. N (optimums or optima (pl)) [ˈɒptɪmə] the optimumlo óptimo, lo mejor
they are not functioning at their optimumno están funcionando lo mejor que pueden, no están funcionando al nivel óptimo

optimum

[ˈɒptɪməm] adj [conditions, rate, amount] → optimal(e), optimum

optimum

adjoptimal; results, conditions alsobestmöglich; for optimum healthfür beste Gesundheit
n pl <optima or -s> → Optimum nt; at an optimumoptimal

optimum

[ˈɒptɪməm]
1. adjottimale
2. n (optimums or optima 'Aptim& (pl)) → optimum m inv, condizioni fpl ottimali

op·ti·mum

a. óptimo-a, el mejor, la mejor;
___ temperaturetemperatura ___.

optimum

adj óptimo
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