max out

verb
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

Examples of max out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Across the country, many hospitals are already starting to max out due to soaring Covid-19 cases, said emergency medicine physician Dr. Megan Ranney, who directs the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health in Rhode Island. Holly Yan, CNN, "Doctors say this will be the worst surge yet. From treatments to testing to PPE, is the US better at handling Covid-19 now?," 21 Oct. 2020 Plus, its dynamic resolution appears to max out near the 1080p mark, dropping further during busy scenes. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "DiRT 5 and our first Xbox Series X “enhanced” tests: 120Hz saves the uneven ride [Updated]," 11 Oct. 2020 So readers not steeped in the utterly riveting minutiae of zoning understand, in certain cases owners that don’t max out on what zoning allows for a particular building site can sell the unused square footage to a contiguous site. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Times Square, Grand Central and the Laws That Build the City," 24 Sep. 2020 Moving forward, new claimants will likely receive only state benefits, which max out at $362 weekly in Michigan. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "New jobless claims decline in Michigan, but potential of a second lockdown looms," 15 Oct. 2020 That means new filers for unemployment benefits will only receive state benefits, which max out at $362 weekly. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "New jobless claims increase slightly, a sign Michigan's economic recovery is slowing," 1 Oct. 2020 Whereas most scuba divers tend to max out at about 130 feet, the most advanced underwater drones can dive to almost 500 feet, where water pressure is over 200 pounds per square inch. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, "The best underwater drone," 24 Sep. 2020 That money was especially welcome in Louisiana, where state benefits max out at $247 a week — the second-lowest rate in the nation. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "'I can't ... put bills on hold': As $300 weekly benefits end, what's next for Louisiana's unemployed?," 19 Sep. 2020 In some corners, worries are mounting that households will struggle to make ends meet, max out their credit and default. Jennifer Surane, Bloomberg.com, "Credit Card Firms Split on Fate of Consumers While U.S. Cuts Aid," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of max out

1967, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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14 Nov 2020

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“Max out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/max%20out. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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