Limit - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈlɪmɪt|  American pronunciation of the word limit
Brit.  |ˈlɪmɪt|  British pronunciation of the word limit


- the greatest possible degree of something (syn: bound, boundary)
to the limit of his ability
- final or latest limiting point
- as far as something can go
- the boundary of a specific area (syn: demarcation)
- the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity
- the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed (syn: limitation)
there are limits on the amount you can bet
it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight


- place limits on (extent or amount or access) (syn: bound, confine, restrict, throttle, trammel)
limit the time you can spend with your friends
- restrict or confine within limits (syn: circumscribe)
I limit you to two visits to the pub a day
- decide upon or fix definitely (syn: define, determine, fix, set, specify)

Extra examples

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!

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.

We set a (time) limit of thirty minutes for the test.

Three glasses of wine are my limit.

Having so little money does limit you (in your choice).

There's a limit on the time you have to take the test.

My wife and I set a limit on how much we spend on clothes.

The cheque must not exceed the limit set by the banker's card.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: limit
he/she/it: limits
present participle: limiting
past tense: limited
past participle: limited
singular: limit
plural: limits
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