Meaning of MAXIMUM in English

MAXIMUM

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

You use ~ to describe an amount which is the largest that is possible, allowed, or required.

Under planning law the ~ height for a fence or hedge is 2 metres...

China headed the table with ~ points.

? minimum

ADJ: ADJ n

Maximum is also a noun.

The law provides for a ~ of two years in prison...

? minimum

N-SING: oft a N of amount

2.

You use ~ to indicate how great an amount is.

...the ~ amount of information...

It was achieved with minimum fuss and ~ efficiency.

...a ~ security prison.

? minimum

ADJ: ADJ n

3.

If you say that something is a particular amount ~, you mean that this is the greatest amount it should be or could possibly be, although a smaller amount is acceptable or very possible.

We need an extra 6g a day ~.

? minimum

ADV: amount ADV

4.

If you say that someone does something to the ~, you are emphasizing that they do it to the greatest degree possible.

You have to develop your capabilities to the ~.

= to the full

PHRASE: PHR after v emphasis

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