- 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.
- 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.
Origin of max
Related Words for maxtranscendent, utmost, preeminent, restriction, ceiling, restraint, cap, maximum, curb, deadline, check, bulk, peak, apex, culmination, height, greatest, predominance, prevalence, pinnacle
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Contemporary Examples of max
Picasso and Guillaume can laugh through an entire night of suggestions, inventions, songs, games that Max plays with his face.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
“Max in particular has been very smart about staying current and remaining a student of the craft,” Borchetta says.Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man: Max Martin, Elusive Hitmaker
Debra A. Klein
October 17, 2014
“Max, [my] agent, make me rich,” she says, the crowd roaring.Tennis Star Li Na Says Goodbye to the Court…and Puts the Sport’s Rise in Asia in Question
September 19, 2014
Max Drummer (Harrison Ford) is the CIA chief who ordered the expendables to take Stonebanks down.I Am The Hague! Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendable' Wet Dream
August 18, 2014
Soon after he was cast in the critically beloved ABC sitcom Happy Endings, on which he played Max Blum.How 'The Mindy Project' Star Adam Pally Became Hollywood's Go-To 'Bro'
August 6, 2014
Historical Examples of max
If he ever suspected any lack of finer fiber in Max, he put the thought away.
Max had new friends, new social obligations; his time was taken up.
Max, cigarette in hand, was coming across, under the ailanthus tree.
Max had roused at the sound of Le Moyne's voice, not to suspicion, of course, but to memory.
"I'm not absolutely useless where I am, you know, Max," he said.
noun plural roaches or roach
Word Origin for roach
Word Origin for roach
"to reach the maximum level," by 1986, colloquial, from maximize or related words. Related: Maxed; maxing.
shortened form of cockroach, 1837, on mistaken notion that it was a compound. In contemporary writing said to be from a polite desire to avoid the sexual connotation in the first syllable. Meaning "butt of a marijuana cigarette" is first recorded 1938, perhaps from resemblance to the insect, but perhaps a different word entirely.
small freshwater fish, c.1200, from Old French roche (13c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Germanic source. Applied to similar-looking fish in North America.