Meaning of MAXIMUM in English

MAXIMUM

/ ˈmæksɪməm; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective

[ only before noun ] ( abbr. max ) as large, fast, etc. as is possible, or the most that is possible or allowed :

the maximum speed / temperature / volume

For maximum effect do the exercises every day.

a maximum security prison

—compare minimum

■ noun

[ usually sing. ] ( pl. max·ima / ˈmæksɪmə; NAmE /) ( abbr. 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?

—compare minimum

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 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.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.