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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Oversight board members are to serve three-year terms with a maximum of three terms. Washington Post, "Facebook to name first oversight panel members by year-end," 17 Sep. 2019 Erick Williams spent eight years in solitary confinement in the disciplinary unit, where inmates could only make outside calls a maximum of four times a month. BostonGlobe.com, "reports about the use of solitary confinement, including the length of stints and the number of people under 21 or with diagnosed mental health problems who are placed in the units.," 16 Sep. 2019 The North Star state’s agency can only issue fines of $5 per day, with a maximum of $100, for officials who fail to file financial disclosures. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Which US state is least-equipped to fight corruption? Look away, Arizona and Wyoming," 12 Sep. 2019 The better could win or lose a maximum of $600,000. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens weren’t the only big winners Sunday as bettor takes home $600,000," 10 Sep. 2019 Chinese labor law stipulates a maximum of 10%, CLW noted. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "Apple Admits Breaking Chinese Labor Laws in the World’s Largest iPhone Factory," 9 Sep. 2019 As of next year, draft proposals state that teams will only be able to send a maximum of eight players out on loan in an attempt to avoid bigger clubs simply stockpiling players. SI.com, "Frank Lampard Forced Into U-Turn Over Chelsea's Loan Policy Ahead of FIFA Clampdown," 7 Sep. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Turner was sentenced to just six months in county jail for the assault, although the crime carried a maximum of 14 years in prison. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "'Emily Doe's' Victim Impact Statement Became a National Rallying Cry. Now We Know Her Name," 4 Sep. 2019 Only 40 climbers in the world — 20 of each gender with a maximum of four athletes per country — will be allowed to compete in Tokyo. Chris Weidner, The Know, "Boulder woman is first American to qualify for Olympic climbing — ever," 4 Sep. 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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