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max

[maks]Slang.
noun
  1. maximum.
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adjective
  1. maximum.
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adverb
  1. maximally.
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Verb Phrases
  1. 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.
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Idioms
  1. to the max, to the greatest or furthest degree; totally: That book is disgusting to the max.
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Origin of max

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 allowancethe goal was to max out the customer's credit card
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max

noun informal
  1. the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
  2. to the max to the ultimate extent
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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with max out

max out

1

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]

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2

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]

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3

Relax, take things easy, as in Let's go to the beach and max out. [Slang; late 1900s]

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