Meaning of “maximum” in the English Dictionary

"maximum" in British English

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maximumadjective

uk /ˈmæk.sɪ.məm/ us /ˈmæk.sə.məm/

B1 being the largest amount or number allowed or possible:

The bomb was designed to cause the maximum amount of damage.

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  • The judge made an example of him and gave him the maximum possible sentence.
  • The maximum penalty for the offence is a $1000 fine.
  • The maximum load for this elevator is eight persons.
  • With this insurance policy there is a maximum payout of £2500.
  • The pillars, which are outside the building, are so placed in order to provide the maximum space inside.

maximumnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈmæk.sɪ.məm/ us /ˈmæk.sə.məm/ plural maxima maximums

B1 the largest amount allowed or possible:

The temperature will reach a maximum of 27°C today.
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  • Panellists on the Arts Review Board serve for a maximum of three years.
  • We drove at 60 miles per hour, which is the maximum allowed.
  • We can accommodate a maximum of 20 people.
  • You can spend a maximum of £100.
  • I had four drinks, which was the maximum allowed.

(Definition of “maximum” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"maximum" in American English

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maximumadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈmæk·sə·məm/

being the largest amount or number allowed or possible:

a maximum penalty/sentence
The stereo was turned up to maximum volume.
maximum
noun [ C ] us /ˈmæk·sə·məm/

The temperature will reach a maximum of 88 today.

(Definition of “maximum” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"maximum" in Business English

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maximumadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈmæksɪməm/ us abbreviation max

being the largest amount or number allowed or possible:

maximum cost/fee/charge This puts the total maximum cost of the computer at £750.
maximum rate/level/speed The maximum rate of interest on loans is 1% a month.
maximum number/amount The maximum number of people we can accommodate is 250.
the maximum fine/sentence/penalty

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maximumnoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk /ˈmæksɪməm/ us plural maximums, maxima abbreviation max

the largest amount allowed or possible:

a maximum of $100/10%/50 people, etc. The pensioners were told their income would be cut by a maximum of 20%.
There are a range of tariffs with the minimum being 5% and the maximum 70%.
the maximum allowed/permitted He had given a $10,000 cash contribution - the maximum allowed by law.
Your expenses will be paid up to a reasonable maximum.

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(Definition of “maximum” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)