- max out,
- 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.
- to the max, to the greatest or furthest degree; totally: That book is disgusting to the max.
Origin of max
- informal to reach or cause to reach the full extent or allowancethe goal was to max out the customer's credit card
- the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
- to the max to the ultimate extent
"to reach the maximum level," by 1986, colloquial, from maximize or related words. Related: Maxed; maxing.
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. [Slang; late 1900s]
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. [Slang; late 1900s]
Relax, take things easy, as in Let's go to the beach and max out. [Slang; late 1900s]