lim·​it·​ed | \ˈli-mə-təd \

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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Its food-delivery service,, will also offer discounts, including selling limited quantities of Starbucks cold brew coffee for 1 yuan, or about 14 cents. Shan Li, WSJ, "Alibaba Is Likely to Set Singles Day Sales Record, Despite Economic Headwinds," 9 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, countering moves by rivals Target and Walmart, Amazon expanded free shipping to all U.S. customers for a limited time during the holiday season, waiving the $25 minimum purchase amount. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: ‘You get an Amazon HQ2 and you get an Amazon HQ2!’," 6 Nov. 2018 Huawei reportedly plans to release a foldable handset in limited quantities in 2019, and Lenovo and Xiaomi have also teased their own prototypes. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Samsung says its foldable phone is also a tablet that fits in your pocket," 12 Oct. 2018 This PharMeDoc Orthopedic Memory Foam Pillow with Cooling Gel, on the other hand, offers state-of-the-art comfort at a remarkably affordable price: just $26 for a limited time. Popular Mechanics, "This Memory Foam Pillow Keeps You Cool While You Sleep," 10 Oct. 2018 Now, Vitra is bringing that same radio design back to life and selling it in a limited quantity of 999. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Eames’ lost 1946 radio design, once a flop, is making a comeback," 5 Oct. 2018 Trips to Puerto Rico are also slated to sail for a limited time as well. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Disney announces new cruises and destinations for 2020," 27 Sep. 2018 The fair runs from July 13 through July 29 and features several free and discounted days, limited-time attractions and quite a few brand-new experiences. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "What’s new at the California State Fair? Here’s everything you need to know," 13 July 2018 New on tap: Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries flavored Slurpee, available for a limited time. Doreen Christensen,, "Free Slurpees at 7-Eleven on Wednesday followed by a week of free treats," 11 July 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 \

Kids Definition of limited

: small in number Picnic areas are limited.

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