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

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 Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth — which is now streaming on Apple TV+ after a brief theatrical run — is both satisfying and limited, spot-on and slightly off, for myriad reasons. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 15 Jan. 2022 Since launching in March of last year, Paramount Plus has bet big on sports, and that ambition is clearly not limited to its U.S. offerings. Jamie Lang, Variety, 13 Jan. 2022 His expertise was by no means limited to rock, said Amy Potter, a former WREK station manager. Mark Woolsey, ajc, 13 Jan. 2022 The court's liberal justices pushed back on the Biden administration's argument that such detentions are generally limited to less than six months. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2022 And with many surfwear companies capping their womens’ sizing at XL (or a size 14), even the online options are limited. Sarah Rose Yalowitz, SELF, 11 Jan. 2022 And, in the Arctic, light is limited to a few months in the summer, forming a narrow window in which photosynthesis can remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 Right now, open snowmobile trails are mostly limited to the northern part of the state, which has gotten more snow so far this winter. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Jan. 2022 Auburn limited opponents to just 3.51 yards per carry, which was the team’s best mark since the 2010 national championship season and ranked 21st nationally among FBS teams. Tom Green |, al, 7 Jan. 2022

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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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18 Jan 2022

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“Limited.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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