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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Even for those that are, federal law stipulates a limited number of reasons why a person would be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm. Lisa Marie Pane, Houston Chronicle, "US mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checks," 7 Sep. 2019 Even for those that are, federal law stipulates a limited number of reasons why a person would be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm. Lisa Marie Pane, The Denver Post, "U.S. mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checks," 7 Sep. 2019 Even for those that are, federal law stipulates a limited number of reasons why a person would be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm. Lisa Marie Pane, chicagotribune.com, "American mass shooters exploit background check errors, poor enforcement, private purchases; most get guns legally," 7 Sep. 2019 Even for those that are, federal law stipulates a limited number of reasons why a person would be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm. Washington Post, "US mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checks," 7 Sep. 2019 And a limited number of tours for adults -- available on a first-come, first-serve basis – will be conducted of the National Weather Service office on the UAH campus as well as the SWIRLL facility. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Record crowd the goal at weather festival in Huntsville," 4 Sep. 2019 There are small buses that handle a limited number of students, larger buses that can transport 66 students, and some that can handle as many as 84 students. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Pewaukee School District added a new bus route after parents raised concerns about overcrowding on social media," 4 Sep. 2019 There are still a limited number available at the ticket office next to the stadium in Yerevan. SI.com, "Armenia vs Italy Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 4 Sep. 2019 This is a tough question because archaeologists tend to focus their research on a limited number of sites and regions and to prioritize locations where agriculture is believed to have appeared earliest. Ben Marwick, The Conversation, "Surveying archaeologists across the globe reveals deeper and more widespread roots of the human age, the Anthropocene," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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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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