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max

[maks] /mæks/
noun
1.
adjective
2.
adverb
3.
Verb phrases
4.
max out,
  1. to reach a point at which no more improvement, profit, or benefit can occur; level off:
    In her last job she maxed out at $25,000 a year.
  2. to reach the limit of one's capacity, endurance, etc.:
    The sales department has maxed out and needs more personnel to call on new clients.
Idioms
5.
to the max, to the greatest or furthest degree; totally:
That book is disgusting to the max.
Origin
by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for max out

max out

verb (adverb)
1.
(informal) to reach or cause to reach the full extent or allowance: the goal was to max out the customer's credit card

max

/mæks/
noun (informal)
1.
the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
2.
to the max, to the ultimate extent
See also max out
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Word Origin and History for max out

max

v.

"to reach the maximum level," by 1986, colloquial, from maximize or related words. Related: Maxed; maxing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for max out

max out

verb phrase
  1. MAX To make the best score, or one's best score (1970s+ Army)
  2. To do or contribute the maximum possible amount: go to the people with the potential of, as they say in the business, ''maxing out''
  3. To go to sleep (1970s+ College students)
  4. To reach the highest possible point; peak: It doesn't look to be a trend that's maxed-out (1990s+)
  5. To be used to the maximum: There's been a great outpouring of affection. The phones have been maxed out/teen angst is something that happens when your credit cards max out (1990s+)

max

adverb

At the most; at the highest limit: I do three cars a week, max (1970s+)

verb

To win; do the very best (1950s+ College students)

Related Terms

to the max

[fr maximum ''the highest possible grade,'' found by 1851]


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Related Abbreviations for max out

max

maximum

MAX

Cinemax
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Idioms and Phrases with max out

max out

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Exhaust one's options, capacity, or the like by producing or performing to the maximum, as in The weight lifter maxed out at 180 kilograms. [ ; late 1900s ]
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Reach a point at which no more growth, improvement, or benefit is possible, as in The salary for this job maxes out at $90,000. [ ; late 1900s ]
.
Relax, take things easy, as in Let's go to the beach and max out. [ ; late 1900s ]
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