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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Buschauer, a retired engineer, faces a minimum of 20 years on the first-degree murder conviction and a maximum of 60. George Houde, chicagotribune.com, "Barrington man found guilty in 2000 drowning of wife in bathtub over disagreements about home construction problems," 23 Aug. 2019 Place on a plate or bowl and refrigerate for 24 hours, or at least 12 hours, or a maximum of 48 hours. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Trio of grilling recipes to get us through the end of summer," 12 Aug. 2019 Students must have a high interest in art, and a maximum of eight students will be accepted. Maysoon Khan, BostonGlobe.com, "Teen art classes, egg decorating, and a West African beverage company," 8 Aug. 2019 There is a $5 admission fee per dog and a maximum of two dogs per handler. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 1 Aug. 2019 The penalty is $50 for possessing less than one ounce of pot or a maximum of $200 for one to two ounces. Fox News, "New York reduces penalties for marijuana possession, expunges some convictions," 30 July 2019 Under the new law, the maximum penalty is $50 for possessing less than one ounce of pot and a maximum of $200 for between one and two ounces. Washington Post, "National Digest: N.Y. law lessens penalties for marijuana possession," 30 July 2019 Under Nevada law, a simple battery charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail or a maximum of 200 hours of community service in lieu of jail. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Roger Goodell Change Mind in Disciplining Ezekiel Elliott After Pressed Charges?," 16 July 2019 The charge carries a minimum 10-year prison sentence and a maximum of life in prison. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Federal jury in San Diego convicts father-son duo on child prostitution charges," 10 June 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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