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

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Examples of maximum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sections will have a maximum of 175 people in accordance with the outdoor event guidance. Allen Kim And Dan Kamal, CNN, "Denver Broncos will allow a limited number of fans, joining several NFL teams in welcoming spectators," 8 Sep. 2020 Teams can have a maximum of 16 players on their practice squads this season, which is six more than in 2019. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Saints add WR Austin Carr to practice squad to bring list to 15; team still 1 short of max," 7 Sep. 2020 Using a stage extension at the Meyerson Symphony Center, the DSO has carefully worked out spacings for a maximum of 40 musicians. Dallas News, "Fall Arts Preview: Find out what to enjoy from our critics and contributors and how to see them safely," 4 Sep. 2020 Under the agreement, the Fox Valley Mall TIF district would only be for a maximum of 15 years instead of the normal 23 years. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, "Aurora moves closer to TIF district for Fox Valley Mall," 28 Aug. 2020 The Amazon Prime card technically earns points, but the points can only be redeemed for a maximum of 1 cent apiece for a statement credit, a direct deposit to a checking or savings account or to pay for Amazon purchases. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "Are you using the best credit card when you shop at Amazon?," 25 Aug. 2020 Each group will have a maximum of 16 kids, two instructors and a volunteer assistant. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Science Center offers Kids Night this week," 24 Aug. 2020 After working at the site for a maximum of 150 minutes, workers must remove their disposable clothing and shower. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Two Men Arrested After Trying to Steal Stones From Notre-Dame," 24 Mar. 2020 Swimply advises hosts to cap their guest maximum at eight to ensure safety during the pandemic. Mark Williams And Samantha Raudins, The Enquirer, "Jump in, the water’s fine: App lets hosts rent their pool by the hour," 23 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of maximum was in 1663

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13 Sep 2020

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“Maximum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maximum. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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maximum

noun
How to pronounce maximum (audio)

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)

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maximum adjective

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