Meaning of “peak” in the English Dictionary

"peak" in British English

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peaknoun [ C ]

uk /piːk/ us /piːk/

peak noun [ C ] (HIGHEST POINT)

B2 the highest, strongest, or best point, value, or level of skill:

Prices reach a peak during August.
Beat the egg whites until they are stiff enough to form firm peaks.
We saw a victory by an athlete at the very peak of her fitness and career.

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peak noun [ C ] (MOUNTAIN)

B1 the pointed top of a mountain, or the mountain itself:

It is one of the most difficult peaks to climb.

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peak noun [ C ] (HAT PART)

mainly UK US usually visor the flat curved part of a cap that goes above the eyes of the person who is wearing it

peakadjective [ before noun ]

uk /piːk/ us /piːk/

Peak times are the times when most people are using or doing something:

Traffic congestion is really bad at peak periods (= when it is busiest).
It is most expensive to advertise at peak viewing times (= those with the most people watching).
Don't go there in the peak (= busiest) season - it'll be hot and crowded.

Peak levels or rates are when they are at their highest:

mainly UK often humorous used to describe something that has become so popular and common that it is no longer fashionable or people start to dislike it:

I think we've reached peak beard (= beards were fashionable, but now too many people have them).

peakverb [ I ]

uk /piːk/ us /piːk/

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

"peak" in American English

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peakverb [ I ]

us /pik/

peak verb [ I ] (REACH HIGHEST POINT)

to reach the highest point, value, or level:

Official figures show unemployment peaked in November.
peak
adjective [ not gradable ] us /pik/

During the peak season, the population swells with over 50,000 tourists.

peaknoun [ C ]

us /pik/

peak noun [ C ] (MOUNTAIN TOP)

the pointed top of a mountain, or the mountain itself

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

"peak" in Business English

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peaknoun [ C ]

uk /piːk/ us

a period during which something reaches its highest level, price, rate, etc.:

At its peak, the company was valued at £1.5 billion.
Several internet service providers tested in the evening peak failed to deliver the new target for high-speed internet.
be above/below the peak of sth The shares have started to recover but are still far below their 12-month peak.
hit/reach/rise to a peak Investors were looking beyond the UK market because they feared it might have reached a peak.
Markets are subject to strong peaks and troughs due to economic cycles.
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peakadjective [ before noun ]

uk /piːk/ us

relating to the highest level, price, rate, etc. that something reaches:

The comparison site provides information on peak and off-peak rates across all the major mobile networks.
Service providers keep spare capacity to meet peak demand.

relating to a period of time during which more people are using a service or system than during any other period:

The new facility could increase the number of packages shipped to 30,000 from 10,000 during the peak holiday season.
peak hours/periods/times The Underground often operates a crowd-control system at peak periods.
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peakverb [ I ]

uk /piːk/ us also peak out

to reach the highest level, price, rate, etc.:

Official figures show that unemployment peaked in November.
peak (out) at sth There was growing belief in the City that base rates may have peaked at 4.75%.
Despite talk of the market peaking out, investors are still buying rather than selling.

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

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