limited

adjective
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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Recent Examples on the Web The family fishing event is free and the Cleveland Metroparks will have a limited number of fishing poles to loan out, as well as bait. cleveland, 7 Oct. 2021 After reaching a peak of 413 covid patients in its hospitals Sept. 7, the system said Sept. 29 the wave had subsided enough to permit a limited number of elective procedures, but only those that did not require an overnight stay. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Williamson said statewide there are about 50% fewer people in an ICU with COVID-19 than there was in late August, though Alabama still remains one of eight states reporting a limited number of available ICU beds. al, 6 Oct. 2021 Specialists in naval affairs, however, said the limited number of companies that can provide the complex of services naval ships need at foreign ports makes combating such problems more difficult. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 The track hosted the championship race in 2020, but only a limited number of fans were allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Austin Nicholson, The Arizona Republic, 6 Oct. 2021 After reaching a peak of 413 covid patients in its hospitals Sept. 7, the system said Sept. 29 the wave had subsided enough to permit a limited number of elective procedures, but only those that did not require an overnight stay. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 Initially, the new rule will only apply to a limited number of travelers. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 In addition, when breeds were established, they were based on a limited number of dogs admitted to the breed at that time. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of limited

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of limited was in 1583

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9 Oct 2021

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“Limited.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limited. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for limited

limited

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of limited

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

limited

adjective
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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