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noun max·i·mum \ˈmak-s(ə-)məm\

Definition of maximum

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maxima

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  1. 1 a :  the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained b :  the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development

  2. 2 :  an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)

  3. 3 :  the largest of a set of numbers; specifically :  the largest value assumed by a real-valued continuous function defined on a closed interval

maximum

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Origin and Etymology of maximum

Latin, neuter of maximus biggest — more at maxim


First Known Use: 1740

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MAXIMUM Defined for English Language Learners

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noun max·i·mum \ˈmak-s(ə-)məm\

Definition of maximum for English Language Learners

  • : the highest number or amount that is possible or allowed


MAXIMUM Defined for Kids

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maximum

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noun max·i·mum \ˈmak-sə-məm\

Definition of maximum for Students

plural

maxima

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maximums

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


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adjective max·i·mum

Definition of maximum for Students

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


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adverb max·i·mum

Definition of maximum for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

maximum

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noun max·i·mum \ˈmak-s(ə-)məm\

Medical Definition of maximum

plural

maxima

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maximums

  1. 1a:  the greatest quantity or value attainable or attainedb:  the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development

  2. 2:  an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)

maximum

adjective


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