limit

noun
lim·​it | \ ˈli-mət How to pronounce limit (audio) \

Definition of limit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : something that bounds, restrains, or confines the age limit for junior golf
b : the utmost extent pushed her body to the limit
2a : a geographic or political boundary
b limits plural : the place enclosed within a boundary : bounds into the limits of the North they came— John Milton
3 : limitation the sadness is without limit— William Shakespeare
4 : a determining feature or differentia in logic
5 : a prescribed maximum or minimum amount, quantity, or number: such as
a : the maximum quantity of game or fish that may be taken legally in a specified period
b : a maximum established for a gambling bet, raise, or payoff
6a : a number whose numerical difference from a mathematical function is arbitrarily small for all values of the independent variables that are sufficiently close to but not equal to given prescribed numbers or that are sufficiently large positively or negatively
b : a number that for an infinite sequence of numbers is such that ultimately each of the remaining terms of the sequence differs from this number by less than any given positive amount
7 : something that is exasperating or intolerable We've had bad weather, but this is the limit.

limit

verb
limited; limiting; limits

Definition of limit (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to assign certain limits to : prescribe reserved the right to limit use of the land
2a : to restrict the bounds or limits of the specialist can no longer limit himself to his specialty
b : to curtail or reduce in quantity or extent we must limit the power of aggressors

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Other Words from limit

Noun

limitless \ ˈli-​mət-​ləs How to pronounce limit (audio) \ adjective
limitlessly adverb
limitlessness noun

Verb

limitable \ ˈli-​mə-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce limit (audio) \ adjective
limiter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for limit

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

limit, restrict, circumscribe, confine mean to set bounds for. limit implies setting a point or line (as in time, space, speed, or degree) beyond which something cannot or is not permitted to go. visits are limited to 30 minutes restrict suggests a narrowing or tightening or restraining within or as if within an encircling boundary. laws intended to restrict the freedom of the press circumscribe stresses a restriction on all sides and by clearly defined boundaries. the work of the investigating committee was carefully circumscribed confine suggests severe restraint and a resulting cramping, fettering, or hampering. our choices were confined by finances

Examples of limit in a Sentence

Noun He has reached the limit of his endurance. In training, she pushed her body to its physical limits. He tries to be creative within the limits of conventional journalism. There are limits to what I can put up with from him! Verb We need to find ways to limit expenses. He tried to limit the damage to his reputation by blaming other people. A factor limiting our country's economic performance is its lack of resources. Our lack of money limits our options. Because of our lack of money, we have to limit ourselves to fewer options.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As of Friday, more than 900 children were waiting in Border Patrol stations to be transferred to a shelter, according to a person familiar with the number, with 100 of them waiting longer than the 72-hour limit permitted by law. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Arrests of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children at Southern Border Surge," 27 Feb. 2021 If a loan payment fits under the 50% limit with all your other must-haves, then it may be considered affordable. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Shoot for zero credit card debt to reach personal financial health," 27 Feb. 2021 Original quality uploads, on the other hand, come at whatever resolution your camera was set to, which can often produce larger files exceeding the 16-megapixel/1080p limit. Paul Monckton, Forbes, "Google Issues Quality Warning For Millions Of Google Photos Users," 27 Feb. 2021 So, a new vial of the Moderna vaccine containing 11 doses was punctured to administer the vaccine, which activated the six-hour time limit for the 10 remaining doses. Natacha Larnaud, CBS News, ""An absolute, utter shock": Doctor fired after giving away expiring doses of COVID-19 vaccine speaks out," 27 Feb. 2021 For football, though, only the players on the home team will be given passes to remain under the 250-person limit. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County school system to allow some spectators for upcoming fall high school sports season," 26 Feb. 2021 The challenge for Campbell will be to defend those policies that are popular citywide but not in her district, where many residents want short-term rentals essentially banned and less than a majority voted to scrap the height limit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Council President Campbell’s medical experience will be key in effort to thwart recall," 26 Feb. 2021 The outdoor gathering size limit will increase from eight to 25 people. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "RoboCop, Jimmy Carter, Amtrak: News from around our 50 states," 26 Feb. 2021 Congress is debating whether to raise the federal minimum wage limit to $15 an hour. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Costco raises its minimum wage to $16 an hour, surpassing competitors," 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The governor's office on Saturday issued new guidelines that limit attendance at indoor services in areas of the state with widespread or substantial virus spread to 25% of a building's capacity. CBS News, "After Supreme Court victory, some California churches hold indoor services," 8 Feb. 2021 Former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. in 2018 from the atomic deal, which saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Fox News, "Iran demands US lift sanctions before it lives up to nuclear deal," 7 Feb. 2021 The governor's office on Saturday issued new guidelines that limit attendance at indoor services in areas of the state with widespread or substantial virus spread to 25% of a building’s capacity. Christopher Weber, Chron, "Some California churches hold indoor services after ruling," 7 Feb. 2021 Former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. in 2018 from the atomic deal, which saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. NBC News, "U.S. must lift sanctions before Iran lives up to nuclear deal, supreme leader Khamenei says," 7 Feb. 2021 Activists want a number of changes to the city charter, including to rework the utility’s governance structure, slash the pay of its CEOs, limit their tenure in office and place stricter term limits on SAWS board members. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Water System withdraws legal challenge to reform drive, citing a lack of petition signatures," 25 Jan. 2021 Still, experts say, breaking up the firms will do nothing unless fundamental safeguards are put in place to limit their business models in a way similar to how strict regulations exist for food safety and aviation, for example. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Big Tech's Business Model Is a Threat to Democracy. Here's How to Build a Fairer Digital Future," 22 Jan. 2021 The Obama administration also attempted to focus on recent border crossers and people convicted of a broader array of crimes, but the immigration agencies took years to adjust, with attempts to limit enforcement in 2011 and again in 2014. Maria Sacchetti, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden administration to pause deportations, curtail arrests," 21 Jan. 2021 Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from Iran's nuclear deal, in which Tehran had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Nasser Karimi, Star Tribune, "Iran kicks off ground forces drill on coast of Gulf of Oman," 19 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of limit

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for limit

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French limite, from Latin limit-, limes boundary

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The first known use of limit was in the 14th century

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2 Mar 2021

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“Limit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limit. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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limit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of limit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a point beyond which it is not possible to go
: a point beyond which someone is not allowed to go
: an amount or number that is the highest or lowest allowed

limit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of limit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stop or prevent an increase in (something) : to keep (something) from becoming greater
: to prevent (something) from being larger, longer, more, etc. : to place a limit on the size or extent of (something)
: to stop (someone) from having or doing more : to place a limit on (someone)

limit

noun
lim·​it | \ ˈli-mət How to pronounce limit (audio) \

Kids Definition of limit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a point beyond which it is impossible to go She runs often, but she knows her limits.
2 : an amount or number that is the lowest or highest allowed After I spent my limit, I went home.
3 : a boundary line the city limits

limit

verb
limited; limiting

Kids Definition of limit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place a control on the size or extent of something I need to limit expenses.

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