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limit

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to set bounds or an upper limit for
  • limit the note to a few words

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2 to mark the limits of
  • adjectives limit the meanings of nouns

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limit

noun

Synonyms of limit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a real or imaginary point beyond which a person or thing cannot go
  • there was no limit to the number of challenges they faced

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2 the most extreme or advanced point
  • those bratty kids have pushed my patience to the limit

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How is the word limit different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of limit are circumscribe, confine, and restrict. While all these words 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.

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When could circumscribe be used to replace limit?

In some situations, the words circumscribe and limit are roughly equivalent. However, circumscribe stresses a restriction on all sides and by clearly defined boundaries.

the work of the investigating committee was carefully circumscribed

When might confine be a better fit than limit?

While in some cases nearly identical to limit, confine suggests severe restraint and a resulting cramping, fettering, or hampering.

our choices were confined by finances

When can restrict be used instead of limit?

The words restrict and limit can be used in similar contexts, but 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

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

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“Limit.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/limit. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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