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\ -​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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Oh, and because this is the government, doing it on a tight budget, securely, and with maximum up-time are all design goals, too. Dan Rosenbaum, Ars Technica, "All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things," 7 Dec. 2018 Cosby originally faced a maximum 30-year sentence before O’Neill chose to merge the counts of aggravated indecent assault into one; prosecutors asked that O’Neill sentence him to the new maximum of five to 10 years. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Andrea Constand," 25 Sep. 2018 The company’s bid was for $144.7 million to design and build the 2.8-mile streetcar line, which was above the $142.5-million maximum that would have allowed the project to move forward uncontested. Larry Barszewski, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Will today be the end for Fort Lauderdale's streetcars?," 8 May 2018 Thursday morning, Harle sentenced Juarez to the maximum on each charge, which will be served at the same time. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Man who shot good Samaritan at Walmart sentenced to life in prison," 29 Mar. 2018 Now McKinney, 61, will be given Tennessee’s largest-ever award for wrongful imprisonment, $1 million, the legal maximum that can be paid to someone whose sentence has been overturned, according to the Tennessean. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "After 31 years behind bars, state gave innocent man $75. Now he has a million more | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Mar. 2018 The show has been largely insulated from MeToo, plowing forward in its own frivolous world of pumping people full of alcohol, dispatching them on fantasy dates and unceremoniously dumping them for maximum crying in the limo. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The Bachelor's MeToo Moment," 29 Jan. 2019 Each workout includes cardio and plyometric drills with intervals of strength, power, resistance, and core training, and the method is build around long periods of maximum-intensity effort with short rest periods built in. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "Everything You Need to Know About 10 Popular at-Home Workout Programs," 13 Jan. 2019 This is a dual-band model offering maximum throughput up to 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 1,201Mbps on the 5GHz band. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "TP-Link goes all in with Wi-Fi 6 home networking gear, offering five products in 2019," 7 Jan. 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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