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)
1
a
: 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
maximum adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bankman-Fried donated the maximum an individual can ($5,800, or $2,900 each for the primary and the general) to Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the most moderate Democratic senator and oftentimes a thorn in the Biden administration’s side. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 23 Nov. 2022 Unlike adding a veteran into vacancy on the Heat’s standard roster, which is one shy of the league maximum of 15, players on two-way contracts do not count against the NBA salary cap or luxury tax. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 13 Nov. 2022 The plaintiffs previously suggested Jones could have been ordered to pay upward of $2.75 trillion under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, following 550 million alleged violations each assessed at the $5,000 statutory maximum. Ty Roush, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Others, including Verizon, Wells Fargo and IBM, opted for wider ranges, with many of the minimum starting salaries coming in at half or less of the maximum. Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2022 Even Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, whose team received all 28 media votes for first place and the maximum of 11 from the coaches. Bruce Pascoe, The Arizona Republic, 3 Nov. 2022 McDuffie, who is not taking public financing, has raised more than $605,000, much of it from companies and individuals who gave the $1,000 maximum. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2022 If confirmed by the Common Council, Horwitz would push the commission to the statutory maximum of nine commissioners for the first time in its history. Elliot Hughes, Journal Sentinel, 3 Nov. 2022 But many put in the maximum of $10,000 per person given these exceptionally high rates. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 31 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, neuter of maximus biggest — more at maxim

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of maximum was in 1663

Dictionary Entries Near maximum

Cite this Entry

“Maximum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maximum. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

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
1
: the highest quantity, value, or development
2
: an upper limit allowed
maximum adjective

Medical Definition

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
1
a
: 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)
maximum adjective

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