Definition of optimum adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɒptɪməm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːptɪməm//
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  1. 1(also optimal) the best possible; producing the best possible results optimum growth the optimum use of resources the optimum conditions for effective learning We aim for optimum efficiency in all our operations. What are the optimum conditions for economic growth?
  2. 2the optimum noun [singular] the best possible result, set of conditions, etc. synonym ideal For efficient fuel consumption a speed of 60 mph is about the optimum.
  3. Word Originlate 19th cent.: from Latin, neuter (used as a noun) of optimus ‘best’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: optimum