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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Unlike some of their other drinks that have been released recently, the Cloud Macchiato is a permanent addition to their menu, so fans don't have to worry about only having a limited time to go try it out. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Just Dropped a Starbucks Drink and Coffee-Lovers are Obsessed," 5 Mar. 2019 Since Target always prides itself on budget-friendly pieces, the price tags on the fixtures in this limited-time collection will be no exception, starting at a reasonable $29.99. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford’s New Target Lighting Collection Is Equally Chic And Affordable," 9 Jan. 2019 Three months ago, Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown passed a pair of laws aimed at increasing police transparency in a state known for having especially limited access to police records. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A California city plans to shred years of police records before a new law makes them public," 27 Dec. 2018 That means building a software platform with limited access to the data on your phone and maintaining it separately. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "North has acquired the patents and tech behind Intel’s Vaunt AR glasses," 17 Dec. 2018 The limited-time promotion kicked off Thursday morning in Build-A-Bear shops within the U.S., U.K, and Canada. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Build-A-Bear Workshop's 'Pay Your Age' Deal Canceled Amid Chaos," 12 July 2018 And so far, the threat the Sahel poses to Western interests is limited. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 There are a limited number of slots for the visas, which allow landscaping companies, restaurants and other seasonal businesses to increase staff... Eric Morath, WSJ, "Labor Department Proposes Lottery for Seasonal-Worker Visas," 26 Feb. 2019 The limited fossil evidence, though, suggests a deeper past. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 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 How to pronounce limited (audio) \

Kids Definition of limited

: small in number Picnic areas are limited.

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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