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Maximum – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the academic word list is:



  • The forms of this word are maximum and maximise (or maximize)
  • You should note that maximum can be a noun the maximum and an adjective maximum profit
  • It may come in useful in IELTS when you need to describe figures in writing task 1
  • Common collocations and phrases include:

maximum and minimum

reach a maximum

a maximum of

the maximum profit/number/amount

maximise chances/opportunities


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5 Responses to Maximum – IELTS word of the day

  1. July 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm #


    As what I have understand, maximum refers to intensity of certain things like force. Or it describe the highest quantity of object. While maximize refers to the value of work you should do to a certain things. e.g maximize profit, maximize time.

    • Dominic Cole July 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

      Maximum is very close in meaning to “most”. Maximise is simply the (less common) verb form.

      • lee July 26, 2012 at 9:05 am #

        i mean the collocation of the word maximize

        • Dominic Cole July 26, 2012 at 9:33 am #

          Try maximise chances/opportunites/the possibility of

  2. Anonymous July 26, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    i mean what is the collocation of word maximize

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