from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of raising something to its greatest value or extent.
  • n. The process of finding the maximum value of a function.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of increasing to the highest degree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of maximizing, or raising to the highest degree. Ben-tham. Also spelled maximisation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of raising to the highest possible point or condition or position
  • n. the mathematical process of finding the maximum value of a function


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