- 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
British Dictionary definitions for max out (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for max out (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with max out
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]