lim·​it·​ed | \ ˈli-mə-təd How to pronounce limited (audio) \

Definition of limited

1a : confined within limits : restricted limited success
b of a train : offering faster service especially by making a limited number of stops
2 : characterized by enforceable limitations prescribed (as by a constitution) upon the scope or exercise of powers a limited monarchy
3 : lacking breadth and originality a bit limited; a bit thick in the head— Virginia Woolf

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Other Words from limited

limitedly adverb
limitedness noun

Examples of limited in a Sentence

Only a limited number of students will be allowed in the class. People with limited incomes are hit particularly hard by inflation. The company has had limited success.
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The bed will be available as part of a limited-run package for 2019 GMC Sierra Denali and AT4 models starting later this year, with wider availability in 2020 models. Annie White, Car and Driver, "GMC Limits the Sierra's New CarbonPro Bed to a Pricey Option Package," 20 May 2019 Now, Dunkin' Donuts is joining the fun with eight new, limited-edition nail polishes. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Dunkin’ Donuts Just Dropped Nail Polish in 8 Shades for Diehard Munchkin Fans," 17 May 2019 These menu items will be available a limited time only, starting Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "McDonald's Is Bringing Its International Menu to the United States," 8 May 2019 Brooklinen—the cult-favorite luxury bedding brand—has joined forces with The Inside on a first-of-its-kind collaboration through a limited run of printed sheet sets. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Inside and Brooklinen’s New Collaboration is a Design Dream Come True," 25 Apr. 2019 Moon picks up where Jenner left off with Esteé's limited-run line. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Kendall Jenner Wants You to Instagram Your Toothpaste," 24 Apr. 2019 But now, there's even more of a reason to head over to your local Tarjay—they're selling limited-edition rosé bouquets and matching pink cupcakes, just in time for Mother's Day. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Target’s Now Selling Rosé Bouquets and Cupcakes," 10 Apr. 2019 Just like Ariana Grande's recent merch drop, every single item in the limited-edition collection comes with a digital album. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Here's Where You Can Shop Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami Merchandise Now," 4 Apr. 2019 Such limited-run engagements are common during the holiday season. Charles Passy, WSJ, "The Boss Had His Broadway Swan Song. Who’s Next?," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of limited

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of limited

: not high or great in number, amount, etc.


lim·​it·​ed | \ ˈli-mə-təd How to pronounce limited (audio) \

Kids Definition of limited

: small in number Picnic areas are limited.

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