limited

adjective

lim·​it·​ed ˈli-mə-təd How to pronounce limited (audio)
1
a
: 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 headVirginia Woolf
limitedly adverb
limitedness noun

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Sponsorships are sold to local businesses to help keep costs down for students, along with a limited number of VIP tickets that include breakfast and lunch with the band, a t-shirt and front row seats at the concert. Kalyn Dunkins | Kdunkins@al.com, al, 28 Jan. 2023 This resulted in a limited amount of field goal opportunities, but Dawson still made the most of them. Irie Harris, cleveland, 26 Jan. 2023 With the help of the omnichannel approach, companies can reach out to the audience that uses an extremely limited number of communication channels and address them with a relevant message. Boris Abaev, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 The request comes after a limited number of records bearing classified markings were found in recent weeks at President Biden’s home and a think tank bearing his name, as well as at the home of former vice president Mike Pence. Jacqueline Alemany, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Jan. 2023 The request comes after a limited number of records bearing classified markings were found in recent weeks at President Biden’s home and a think tank bearing his name, as well as at the home of former vice president Mike Pence. Jacqueline Alemany, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Jan. 2023 The impact has been made worse by the limited amount of humanitarian aid being distributed in the country, following the Taliban’s ban on female NGO workers. Monica Garrett, CNN, 24 Jan. 2023 There will also be a limited number of penthouse homes with private rooftop decks. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 23 Jan. 2023 By restricting eating to a limited number of hours a day, some proponents of this diet argue people can harness their bodies’ natural rhythms to shed pounds. Time, 20 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of limited was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Limited.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limited. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

limited

adjective
lim·​it·​ed
1
: held within limits
2
: having constitutional limitations placed on the exercise of power
a limited monarchy
limitedly adverb
limitedness noun

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