Definition of maximum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmæksɪməm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæksɪməm//
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 [usually singular] (pl. maxima
BrE BrE//ˈmæksɪmə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæksɪmə//
(abbreviation max) the greatest amount, size, speed, etc. that is possible, recorded or allowed a maximum of 30 children in a class The job will require you to use all your skills to the maximum. The July maximum (= the highest temperature recorded in July) was 30°C. What is the absolute maximum you can afford to pay?
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Word Originmid 17th cent. (as a noun): from modern Latin, neuter (used as a noun) of the Latin adjective maximus, superlative of magnus ‘great’. The adjectival use dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples Do not exceed the recommended maximum of three tablets a day. Everyone should contribute the maximum possible. He is using his talents to the maximum. In the exam, allow yourself a maximum of 30 minutes per question. The amount you have to pay will be limited to a maximum of £500. The temperature reached a maximum of 35°C yesterday. They fined her the maximum possible for the offence. You can claim the allowance for a maximum of six months. a drive of four hours at the maximum the maximum permitted speeds
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