max out

maxed out; maxing out; maxes out

Definition of max out

intransitive verb

: to reach an upper limit or a peak the car maxed out at 85 mph

transitive verb

: to push to a limit or an extreme also : to use up all available credit on maxed out the credit cards

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For perspective, worlds in Minecraft's low-powered Wii U version max out at 864×864. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Minecraft Earth’s closed beta: This augmented reality needs more augmenting," 16 July 2019 Temperatures maxed out in the 80s Tuesday and Wednesday. Martin Finucane,, "Steamy! Temperature of 93 at Logan ties record," 22 Aug. 2019 Even with 10 people pedaling at once (six more riders can relax or take turns), top speed maxes out at 5 or 10 miles an hour. Harriot Manley,, "Beer flows on the Sac River in new Brew Boat," 19 Aug. 2019 The inaugural event in 2017 maxed out at 12,000, while 2018's event sold 30,000 tickets in its first 30 minutes. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Kaskade Cancels Sun Soaked Event: 'It Became Obvious ... We Are Falling Short'," 25 June 2019 Size is one way to distinguish between hulking apes and more diminutive monkeys: Male gorillas can weigh over 400 pounds, but monkeys max out at the 80-pound mandrill. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "A Primer to Our Planet of Monkeys," 12 June 2019 The Chase Sapphire Reserve's trip cancellation/interruption insurance maxes out at $10,000 per person or $20,000 per trip, with travel accident insurance worth up to $1 million. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Credit Cards That Offer Travel Insurance When Your Trip Doesn't Go As Planned," 6 Aug. 2019 Pomeranz’s velocity spiked in his first relief appearance as his fastball maxed out at 95.8 miles per hour and consistently registered above 94 miles per hour on the radar gun. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants’ magic continues with another thrilling comeback, Panik stuns the Cubs," 22 July 2019 Of course, Allie maxed out and collected $2,000 last year. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "The World’s Fastest (Old) Man," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of max out

1967, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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