- 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.
restriction, ceiling, restraint, cap, maximum, curb, deadline, check, bulk, peak, apex, culmination, height, greatest, predominance, prevalence, pinnacle, apogee, verge, fence
to the max, to the greatest or furthest degree; totally: That book is disgusting to the max.
Origin of max
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the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
to the max to the ultimate extent
See also max out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"to reach the maximum level," by 1986, colloquial, from maximize or related words. Related: Maxed; maxing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper