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The Python max() function is used to return largest element in an iterable. An iterable object can be any data structure like list, tuple, set, string and dictionary etc. The range() function can also be used as an iterable.

Syntax

#to compare one or more elements
max(n1, n2, n3, .....)

#to compare all elements of an iterable
max(iterable)

Parameters

iterable Required. iterable object like list, tuple, set, string , dictionary and range() etc.

Example: max() function applied on numerical iterable

In the below example, max() function is used to find out the largest element in a given iterable.

MyList = [10, 5, 15, 20, 25, 30]
print(max(MyList))

MyRange = range(10, -5, -1)
print(max(MyRange))

x = max(10, 0, 14, 18, 20, 30)
print(x)

The output of the above code will be:

30
10
30

Example: max() function applied on a string iterable

When max() function is applied on a string iterable, it returns largest value, ordered alphabetically.

MyList = ['Marry', 'Sam', 'John', 'Joe']
print(max(MyList))

The output of the above code will be:

Sam

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