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 Both programs will now last at least an additional 11 weeks, from Dec. 27 through March 14, which means the 39-week benefit limit for PEUC has been increased to 50 weeks. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "When will the extra $300 in unemployment benefits start? These states are already paying the bonus," 6 Jan. 2021 Lawmakers have extended the perimeter limit twice over the years — first in 1981, to 1,000 miles, then in 1986, to its current 1,250 miles. Washington Post, "GAO study examines impact of long-distance flight limits at National Airport," 4 Jan. 2021 While there is no upward limit set for fiber intake, too much can cause digestive issues like stomach discomfort, bloating, and gas, as SELF has previously reported, and especially when not consumed with enough water. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is the F-Factor Diet? Here’s What You Need to Know," 4 Jan. 2021 In February, Danny Iles of Lufkin and Brian Shook of China weighed in an enormous five-bass limit weighing 49.31 pounds. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "80-year-old grandma shooting buck from kitchen lead memorable moments in difficult year," 2 Jan. 2021 Earn 2 miles per dollar on all purchases with no limit. Julian Kheel, CNN Underscored, "Do you have one of the 10 best credit cards of 2021?," 1 Jan. 2021 Eight Alabama water systems were over the new advisory limit for PFAS, sparking several years-long battles over cleanup in Alabama. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Biggest environmental stories of 2020 in Alabama," 31 Dec. 2020 At present, bars and restaurants must close by 10 p.m. and limit capacity to 25%. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "New Year's Eve COVID-19 update: New strain breaks out of UK, vaccine rollout woes, and Perdue in quarantine," 31 Dec. 2020 Crucially for the MMTers, because credit, debt, and money are political and legal creations, they can be changed through political processes without limit. Alex Yablon, The New Republic, "This Year’s Underground Sensation: Modern Monetary Theory," 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In both houses, lawmakers kept one or two desks between them to limit the spread of COVID-19. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Country venue blues, ice shanty dining, turkey sightings: News from around our 50 states," 5 Jan. 2021 Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said her cabinet would meet on Monday to discuss possible further steps to limit the spread of the virus, and ordered Scotland's parliament to be recalled. NBC News, "Boris Johnson looking at tougher restrictions as U.K. cases continue to rise," 3 Jan. 2021 In Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, where official fireworks and celebrations also were canceled to limit the spread of the virus, police officers braced for what promised to be a long night. Arkansas Online, "Pandemic-struck world ushers in '21 from home," 1 Jan. 2021 In Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, where official fireworks and celebrations also were canceled to limit the rapid spread of the virus, police officers braced for what promised to be a long night. Author: Frank Jordans, Derek Gatopoulos, Anchorage Daily News, "New Year’s revelry around the world muted by pandemic as curtain draws on 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 In Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, where official fireworks and celebrations also were canceled to limit the rapid spread of the virus, police officers braced for what promised to be a long night. Time, "New Year's Revelries Are Muted by Coronavirus as the Curtain Draws on 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 In Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, where official fireworks and celebrations also were canceled to limit the rapid spread of the virus, police officers braced for what promised to be a long night. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, "Live updates: The world says goodbye to 2020, a year unlike any other," 31 Dec. 2020 Tough restrictions are also in place across Germany to limit the spread of coronavirus. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "New Year is greeted in muted fashion as leaders warn, Covid loves a crowd," 31 Dec. 2020 Nearly everyone in Hong Kong was wearing a mask by mid-February to limit community spread of the virus. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Covid-19 Stalked Nursing Homes Around the World," 31 Dec. 2020

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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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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Limit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limit. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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limit

noun
How to pronounce limit (audio)

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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