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limit

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noun lim·it \ˈli-mət\

Definition of limit

  1. 1a :  something that bounds, restrains, or confines the age limit for junior golfb :  the utmost extent pushed her body to the limit

  2. 2a :  a geographic or political boundaryb limits plural :  the place enclosed within a boundary :  bounds into the limits of the North they came — John Milton

  3. 3 :  limitation the sadness is without limit — William Shakespeare

  4. 4 :  a determining feature or differentia in logic

  5. 5 :  a prescribed maximum or minimum amount, quantity, or number: such asa :  the maximum quantity of game or fish that may be taken legally in a specified periodb :  a maximum established for a gambling bet, raise, or payoff

  6. 6a :  a number whose numerical difference from a mathematical function is arbitrarily small for all values of the independent variables that are sufficiently close to but not equal to given prescribed numbers or that are sufficiently large positively or negativelyb :  a number that for an infinite sequence of numbers is such that ultimately each of the remaining terms of the sequence differs from this number by less than any given positive amount

  7. 7 :  something that is exasperating or intolerable We've had bad weather, but this is the limit.

limitless

play \ˈli-mət-ləs\ adjective

limitlessly

adverb

limitlessness

noun

Examples of limit in a Sentence

  1. He has reached the limit of his endurance.

  2. In training, she pushed her body to its physical limits.

  3. He tries to be creative within the limits of conventional journalism.

  4. There are limits to what I can put up with from him!

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Origin and Etymology of limit

Middle English, from Anglo-French limite, from Latin limit-, limes boundary


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limit

verb lim·it

Definition of limit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to assign certain limits to :  prescribe reserved the right to limit use of the land

  3. 2a :  to restrict the bounds or limits of the specialist can no longer limit himself to his specialtyb :  to curtail or reduce in quantity or extent we must limit the power of aggressors

limitable

play \ˈli-mə-tə-bəl\ adjective

limiter

noun

Examples of limit in a Sentence

  1. We need to find ways to limit expenses.

  2. He tried to limit the damage to his reputation by blaming other people.

  3. A factor limiting our country's economic performance is its lack of resources.

  4. Our lack of money limits our options.

  5. Because of our lack of money, we have to limit ourselves to fewer options.

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Origin and Etymology of limit

see 1limit

Synonym Discussion of limit

limit, restrict, circumscribe, confine mean to set bounds for. limit implies setting a point or line (as in time, space, speed, or degree) beyond which something cannot or is not permitted to go. visits are limited to 30 minutes restrict suggests a narrowing or tightening or restraining within or as if within an encircling boundary. laws intended to restrict the freedom of the press circumscribe stresses a restriction on all sides and by clearly defined boundaries. the work of the investigating committee was carefully circumscribed confine suggests severe restraint and a resulting cramping, fettering, or hampering. our choices were confined by finances

LIMIT Defined for English Language Learners

limit

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Definition of limit for English Language Learners

  • : a point beyond which it is not possible to go

  • : a point beyond which someone is not allowed to go

  • : an amount or number that is the highest or lowest allowed

limit

verb

Definition of limit for English Language Learners

  • : to stop or prevent an increase in (something) : to keep (something) from becoming greater

  • : to prevent (something) from being larger, longer, more, etc. : to place a limit on the size or extent of (something)

  • : to stop (someone) from having or doing more : to place a limit on (someone)


LIMIT Defined for Kids

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limit

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noun lim·it \ˈli-mət\

Definition of limit for Students

  1. 1 :  a point beyond which it is impossible to go She runs often, but she knows her limits.

  2. 2 :  an amount or number that is the lowest or highest allowed After I spent my limit, I went home.

  3. 3 :  a boundary line the city limits


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limit

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verb lim·it

Definition of limit for Students

limited

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limiting

  1. :  to place a control on the size or extent of something I need to limit expenses.



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