Definition of max in English:


  • Maximum.


  • A maximum amount or setting.

    ‘the sound is distorted to the max’
    • ‘Hollywood then takes this basic premise, amplifies it to the max, and time-compresses the results to fit their typical short attention span.’
    • ‘If we accept that we are limited in resources, then it is clear that we must use the little that we have to the max if we are to improve the lot of our people.’
    • ‘I huffed back into the shops, my camera fired up and hidden under my sleeve, already zoomed in to the max with the flash turned off, so I could shoot from as far away as possible.’
    • ‘This song in particular deserves to be cranked up to the max.’
    • ‘Pamper yourself to the max so you'll be the girl who makes people stop and stare.’
    • ‘The company describes its approach as going to the max.’
    • ‘And despite the euro hitting its peak while I was there, I still managed to raise cultural experiences to the max.’
    • ‘You are invariably greeted with a whopping great shrine in the front room, decorated to the max, with a door leading to the kitchen and family quarters behind.’
    • ‘The calls are timed to be disruptive to the max, like just before meetings, or at the start of major activities and projects.’
    • ‘Just don't expect to tweak your processor to the max or have the fastest system on the planet.’
    • ‘Studies show that hair actually grows slower when you are stressed to the max.’
    • ‘At the same time, though its humor's lowbrow to the max, it's all wrong for the kid market.’
    • ‘And they were what we intellectuals call career opportunists - to the max.’
    • ‘So there is that strain there too, where one set of associations, if you like, are being resourced to the max, and the trade unions are not.’
    • ‘For there will be a whole subsegment of patients who get placed on second and third drugs or whose doses get pushed to the max to try to meet the ideal cholesterol level.’
    • ‘Visitors to his Pebble Beach manse find that not only are bathrooms and fridges stocked to the max but so is the supply of athletic equipment.’
    • ‘It takes Jason's idea and exploits it to the max.’
    • ‘The banks are involved in a dogfight for market share and will push lending to the max if they have to.’
    • ‘He is the reason why I have my life together and why I push myself to the max.’
    • ‘Officials are pushing the drainage system to the max, but it could take more than three weeks to get rid of that much water.’


  • At the most.

    ‘our information can be in the commander's hand in half an hour, max’


North American
  • Reach or cause to reach the limit of capacity or ability.

    [no object] ‘job growth in high technology will max out’
    • ‘I didn't want them knowing I was maxed to the limit.’
    • ‘And when an employee doesn't max out their annual limit, the unused funds will simply be carried forward and used for the next year's claims.’
    • ‘Some of these teams are maxed as to membership, so please mention all that interest you.’
    • ‘The admission standards are so low that practically anybody with a credit card that isn't maxed out can enter the programs.’
    • ‘Get yourself a spotter and push out the heaviest sets of your life, maxing out at 6 to 8 reps with good form.’
    • ‘Our narrator starts the record slightly haywire, a confused youth maxing out on the raw nerves of bitterness and hope.’
    • ‘If I got an email from you and didn't mail back, it's not because I'm evil - it's because I'm maxed out.’
    • ‘How much time for recovery is necessary after maxing out?’
    • ‘As a result, Todd hit a challenging plateau with his bench press, maxing out at the same weight for at least a month.’
    • ‘Within four years, the brewery had maxed out its production capacity.’
    • ‘And I can really see that he's living life and maxing it.’
    • ‘But he felt the bar business had maxed out its potential while the wine business had tremendous possibility of growth.’
    • ‘Make sure to warm up thoroughly, because the chances of injury increase greatly when maxing out.’
    • ‘Is it by any chance maxing out into rigid non-negotiability?’
    • ‘We've been maxing out on bandwidth and server capacity for four, five hours a day.’
    • ‘Presumably those two sentences would have maxed out at eight words!’
    • ‘My credit card is maxed out and my bank account is empty.’
    • ‘When he turned it all the way up, he probably maxed it out at around 30.’
    • ‘The secret to maxing out your power is in the setup.’
    • ‘We borrowed money from our parents, and we maxed out my credit card.’