\ˈmaks \

Definition of max 

to the max

: to the greatest extent possible

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Other Words from max

max adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for max


maximum, most, outside


least, minimum

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Examples of max in a Sentence

The boat can hold a max of 20 people. at the max there will be 25 people at the party

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Cake Bake décor is luxury to the max, with sweets under glass domes, flowers everywhere and pastels evoking French opulence. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 June 2018 Having a strong glute max, glute med and glute minimus, and strong muscles surrounding your glutes helps support your lower back, promotes good posture, stabilizes your legs, and maintains the integrity of movement in your hip joint, says Mansour. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Quick Equipment-Free Butt Workout From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 27 June 2018 His max vertical leap (42 inches) and standing vertical leap (34 ½) were the best at the combine. Keith Pompey,, "NBA draft prospect Miles Bridges sees Sixers as a good fit," 17 May 2018 New York can create cap room for one max contract if the front office decides to stretch the remainder Joakim Noah's (presumably untradeable) $19.3 million contract. Andrew Sharp,, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018 That would put the Suns in position to sign a free agent to a max deal. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Suns, Devin Booker both benefit from five-year, $158 million deal," 8 July 2018 And this isn’t to suggest the Bulls should’ve lavished a five-year, $146 million max deal on LaVine. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls must match Zach LaVine's 4-year, $78M offer sheet from Kings to keep rebuild's momentum," 6 July 2018 Denver also is expected to offer Nikola Jokic a max deal worth around $147 million for five seasons. ... Tania Ganguli,, "Paul George agrees to remain in OKC before meeting with Lakers; Durant, Jordan and Paul agree to deals," 1 July 2018 The Houston Rockets’ best chance to acquire him would have been via a sign-and-trade due to not having the available cap space to sign him to a max deal. Keith Pompey,, "LeBron James opts out, becomes Sixers free agent target," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of max

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of max was in 1851

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English Language Learners Definition of max

: the largest amount possible

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evasion of direct action or statement

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