maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ ˈmak-​sə-​mə How to pronounce maximum (audio) \ or maximums\ ˈmak-​s(ə-​)məmz How to pronounce maximum (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 That means over the span of a year in the U.S., perhaps a maximum of tens of thousands may die and a hundred thousand may be hospitalized. Amesh Adalja, Fortune, 11 Sep. 2021 From $695 a night for up to four people; eight-guest maximum. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 Renee advises that 4As wet hair every three days and apply a leave-in or refresh product, co-wash once a week maximum, and then shampoo only once a month. Noel Cody, Essence, 8 Sep. 2021 Including Bates-Diop’s deal, the Spurs have 17 players signed to NBA contracts, exceeding the league roster maximum of 15. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Sep. 2021 States are allowed to use a maximum of 10% of the federal rental assistance funds for program administration. Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Online, 6 Sep. 2021 Helping customers move through the process with a minimum of friction and a maximum of insight offers the industry some serious food for thought. Jason Verlen, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Sergeants would receive a maximum of $37.24 an hour and lieutenants, $42.64 an hour. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2021 Garrett becomes the 16th player on the Heat’s roster, with teams allowed to carry up to 20 in the offseason, before a trim to a maximum of 15 plus two two-way players by the regular-season opener. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Sep. 2021

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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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“Maximum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maximum. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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 maximum (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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