ADJ. absolute | agreed, recommended Do not exceed the recommended maximum of three tablets a day. | legal, statutory
VERB + MAXIMUM reach, rise to The temperature reached a maximum of 35°C yesterday. | exceed | allow (sb/sth), permit (sb/sth) In the exam, allow yourself a maximum of 30 minutes per question. the maximum permitted speeds | limit sth to, restrict sth to The amount you have to pay will be limited to a maximum of £500.
PREP. above (the) ~, at (the) ~ a journey of four hours at the maximum | below (the) ~, to (the) ~ He is using his talents to the maximum. | (up) to a/the ~ | ~ of You can claim the allowance for a maximum of six months.
PHRASES maximum possible They fined her the maximum possible for the offence.