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 That’s because testing is more limited, less foolproof and slower than many Alaskans realize. Author: Kyle Hopkins, Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Some Alaska patients report long waits to get coronavirus test results — and testing isn’t yet available in many communities," 25 Mar. 2020 For instance, the adoption center in Burlingame is now open on a more limited, by-appointment basis with the doors usually locked. Tony Bravo,, "A positive effect of coronavirus? Overlooked animals are being adopted," 25 Mar. 2020 Offices are open but visits are limited to those who have made appointments for services that can only be provided in person. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Coronavirus and Real ID: What to do if your AZ driver's license is about to expire," 24 Mar. 2020 During a global pandemic rife with bad news, consumers' changing behaviors appear to have created at least one small bright spot: There are still thousands of jobs for the taking—albeit with limited to no benefits. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Help wanted: Amazon and online delivery services staff up during coronavirus outbreak," 24 Mar. 2020 The market fallout so far seems to be more limited than in 2008, with the initial failure to pass the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Every Moment Missed in a Rescue Package Causes Irreversible Damage," 23 Mar. 2020 Combat is instead mostly limited to three firearms—a pistol, a shotgun, and an energy rifle, which each receive upgrades throughout the game—along with grenades in your inventory and explosive items in the environment. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Half-Life: Alyx review: The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some," 23 Mar. 2020 Because testing remains limited, Metro Health will not test the close contacts of people who have been confirmed to have the virus. Lauren Caruba,, "Coronavirus cases in San Antonio climb to 57, as city and county officials order shelter-in-place," 23 Mar. 2020 Capacity will be reduced to 50%, and groups limited to no more than 100. Dallas News, "Eerie silence on the Mexico border as people, businesses await full effect of partial closure," 21 Mar. 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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28 Mar 2020

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“Limited.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 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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