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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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But the Celtics rebounded by signing the three-time All-Star Walker to a four-year, $141 million max contract. Adam Himmelsbach,, "Brad Stevens discusses Kyrie, Horford, Kemba, the rookies and more," 9 July 2019 If General Manager Rob Pelinka is going to fill out his third max salary slot with a star, Leonard is the only free agent left who fits the bill. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Pitching Kawhi Leonard: How do Lakers, Clippers and Raptors stack up in frenetic free agency?," 1 July 2019 With Iguodala departing, the Warriors no longer have a Finals MVP on roster after All-Star forward Kevin Durant signed a max contract with the Nets Sunday afternoon. Justin Spears, azcentral, "Golden State Warriors trade Andre Iguodala to Memphis Grizzlies," 1 July 2019 The moves are expected to create enough room for one more max salary slot on the Lakers’ roster with LeBron James and Davis. Matt Goul,, "Kawhi Leonard, Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers’ dysfunction: NBA free agents 2019 rumors, news," 29 June 2019 With the trade happening earlier, Los Angeles wouldn’t have enough to add a veteran to a max contract slot like Kemba Walker. Andrew Lopez,, "Pelicans-Lakers trade to be executed on July 6: report," 16 June 2019 The question now is what to do with the second max slot. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "How Kevin Durant's injury could change the fate of five NBA teams," 13 June 2019 Doing so could allow Brooklyn to have two max contract slots at their disposal next summer, giving the Nets a chance to jump into free agency in a big way during a summer in which several All-Stars should be available. Tim Bontemps,, "Dwight Howard traded again, this time to the Brooklyn Nets," 20 June 2018 Conley signed a max contract in July 2016 with $67 million more due over the next two seasons. Teresa M. Walker, Houston Chronicle, "Source: Grizzlies trade guard Mike Conley to Jazz," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of max

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of max

chiefly US, informal : the largest amount possible

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