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maximum
/ˈmæksəməm/
noun
plural
maximums
or technical
maxima
/əmə/
/ˈmæksəmə/
plural
maximums
or technical
maxima
/əmə/
/ˈmæksəmə/
Learner's definition of MAXIMUM
[count]
:
the highest number or amount that is possible or allowed
—
usually singular
—
often + of

You may invite a maximum of 10 guests to the party.

You may stay for a maximum of two weeks.

She will serve a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 years in jail.
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opposite minimum
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maximum
/ˈmæksəməm/
adjective
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maximum
/ˈmæksəməm/
adjective
Learner's definition of MAXIMUM
always used before a noun
:
greatest possible in amount or degree

He will receive the maximum (possible) punishment allowed by law.

She took some maximumstrength medicine for her headache.

The maximum number of points scored in one game is 100.

shoes that are designed for maximum comfort

What is the maximum occupancy of this room? [=what is the largest number of people who can legally be in this room at the same time?]

a maximum security prison [=a prison that does as much as possible to keep prisoners from escaping and watches them very closely]
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opposite minimum
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maximum
/ˈmæksəməm/
adverb
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maximum
/ˈmæksəməm/
adverb
Learner's definition of MAXIMUM