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 program comes at an especially challenging time for first-time home buyers, especially for those with low incomes and limited cash. Jeffrey Meitrodt, Star Tribune, "Wells Fargo offers down-payment help for first-time Twin Cities home buyers," 17 Oct. 2020 French first ran for the state Senate seat in 2018 with no name recognition and limited campaigning and lost by less than 600 votes. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "As nation grapples with COVID-19 and systemic racism, Democrats look to activate voters down ballot," 17 Oct. 2020 First, Musk announced that a software Tesla calls Full Self Driving, or FSD, will enter a limited beta test on October 20. Annie White, Car and Driver, "This Week in Cars: VW's GTI Clubsport Takes Aim at the Nürburgring," 17 Oct. 2020 The still-nascent spread of 5G networks around the world, and the limited use cases for smartphones compared to more advanced technology such as self-driving cars, will likely diminish the appeal for some people of switching over just yet. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Your old iPhone is worth big bucks. Here's why," 17 Oct. 2020 The limited reopening will only apply to counties that have an infection rate below 2% on a 14-day average and have no COVID-19 hot spots. CBS News, "Movie theaters in New York outside NYC can reopen with limits October 23, Cuomo announces," 17 Oct. 2020 Bears coach Matt Nagy described the Panthers defense as a bend-but-don’t-break style, which might mean limited opportunities to stretch the field deep. Dan Wiederer,, "5 things to watch for in the Chicago Bears’ Week 6 game, including Cole Kmet’s activity and Teddy Bridgewater’s efficiency," 17 Oct. 2020 As the West largely waits out the data from these human trials, China and Russia have rolled out their own vaccines and authorized their limited use for some parts of their populations and beyond. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Pfizer Could Apply for Emergency Use of Covid-19 Vaccine by Late November," 16 Oct. 2020 In his limited action so far, Penisini has been effective as a run-stuffing nose tackle. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions John Penisini's big difference between college and NFL: 'They yell at you'," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Limited.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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