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  1. maximum.
  1. maximally.
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.
  1. to the max, to the greatest or furthest degree; totally: That book is disgusting to the max.

Origin of max

by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for to the max


noun informal
  1. the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
  2. to the max to the ultimate extent
See also max out
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Word Origin and History for to the max



"to reach the maximum level," by 1986, colloquial, from maximize or related words. Related: Maxed; maxing.

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