maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ ˈmak-​sə-​mə How to pronounce maxima (audio) \ or maximums\ ˈmak-​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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State employees’ annual out-of-pocket maximum costs are also much lower: $4,500 on average for a family, compared with $6,782 for family insurance through a private employer, the same report revealed. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Oregon state, school workers could get to keep double health insurance," 7 June 2019 Later, these methods were combined with real-time emotional analyses, allowing marketers to cue behavior at the moment of maximum vulnerability. Shoshana Zuboff, Time, "The Surveillance Threat Is Not What Orwell Imagined," 6 June 2019 When Dynamaxing, a Pokémon's move turns into powerful maximums. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Here's what we know about Pokemon Sword and Shield so far," 5 June 2019 At least 12 projects are factored into the 3,220 car maximum but have not been built yet. Brittany Wallman, sun-sentinel.com, "Traffic woes kill plan for new beach hotel," 5 June 2019 But one month later, the lawsuit says, supervisors confronted her — with no prior warning — saying city rules limit an employee’s tenure as a recruit to one year maximum. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego paying out $240,000 to female police recruit," 3 June 2019 The blog post, unsurprisingly, highlights that G-Sync panels can run in sync from 1Hz to their their maximum refresh rate. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nvidia's G-Sync Compatible validation flunks over 94% of FreeSync monitors. Here's why," 28 May 2019 Jenner went for maximum glamour via a mini dress with detachable train and neon color worn with strappy sandals and oversized pearl earrings. Vogue, "Kendall Jenner and Chris Lee Just Gave Giambattista Valli’s H&M Collection Its Red Carpet Debut," 23 May 2019 The listing could value the company at a maximum of about $4 billion. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "A Rival to Starbucks in China Brews Up a Frothy IPO," 13 May 2019

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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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