maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ -​sə-​mə How to pronounce maxima (audio) \ or maximums\ -​s(ə-​)məmz How to pronounce maximums (audio) \

Definition of maximum

1a : the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained
b : the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development
2 : an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)
3 : the largest of a set of numbers specifically : the largest value assumed by a real-valued continuous function defined on a closed interval

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Other Words from maximum

maximum adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for maximum

Synonyms

max, most, outside

Antonyms

least, minimum

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The startup is betting that its no-fee policy and a commitment to their donors will boost use of the platform: The money must be used to purchase a home, and HomeFundIt will hold onto the fund for a maximum of one year to protect the donors. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Should Your Friends Crowdfund The Down Payment On Your Home? This Start-Up Thinks So," 18 Dec. 2018 Petrol and diesel cars registered before 2000 and 2006, respectively, will be restricted, while hybrid vehicles will be allowed to enter the area and park for a maximum of two hours. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Madrid’s ban on polluting vehicles cuts traffic by nearly 32 percent in some areas," 3 Dec. 2018 If convicted, Williams and Handelman could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison for each count, the release said. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Bartlett duo indicted on charges they robbed banks in Aurora, Gurnee, Ottawa," 5 July 2018 To complicate matters, while .08 percent is the legal blood alcohol maximum for driving, the state has yet to establish such a threshold for THC limits, or a reduction in permissible blood alcohol concentration among those with positive THC levels. Timothy Naimi, BostonGlobe.com, "Why marijuana policies in Massachusetts aren’t strict enough," 20 June 2018 There is a five box maximum for shredding documents and the service is free of charge. Dan White, Sun-Sentinel.com, "BSO to shred papers, take back prescriptions in Weston," 2 May 2018 Amaya-Rodriguez, 38 of Honduras, faced a maximum of five years in prison for each count. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Bus driver in fatal I-10 crash sentenced to 15 years in prison," 9 Apr. 2018 Winter is stretching into spring this year Actual snow on the ground Forecast maximum for Saturday Source: National Weather Service The storm could also coat Washington’s cherry blossoms with snow Saturday. Brian K Sullivan, Bloomberg.com, "New York, Get Ready to Wake Up to Snow-Covered City Saturday," 5 Apr. 2018 Killen was sentenced to three consecutive 20-year terms, the maximum for each charge of manslaughter. Monique Judge, The Root, "Klansman Who Helped Plot the 1964 Deaths of 3 Civil Rights Workers Dead at 92," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of maximum

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for maximum

Latin, neuter of maximus biggest — more at maxim

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maximum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of maximum

: the highest number or amount that is possible or allowed

maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-sə-məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ -​sə-​mə \ or maximums

Kids Definition of maximum

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the highest value : greatest amount We had to pay the maximum.

maximum

adjective

Kids Definition of maximum (Entry 2 of 3)

: as great as possible in amount or degree We work with maximum efficiency.

maximum

adverb

Kids Definition of maximum (Entry 3 of 3)

: at the most … it will only take her two minutes—maximum—to get home.— Betsy Byars, The Computer Nut

maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ -​sə-​mə How to pronounce maxima (audio) \ or maximums

Medical Definition of maximum

1a : the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained
b : the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development
2 : an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)

Other Words from maximum

maximum adjective

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