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Meaning & Definition of Limit in English

English

Limit

/lɪmət/

noun

1. The greatest possible degree of something

  • "What he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior"
  • "To the limit of his ability"
    synonym:
  • limit
  • ,
  • bound
  • ,
  • boundary

2. Final or latest limiting point

    synonym:
  • terminus ad quem
  • ,
  • terminal point
  • ,
  • limit

3. As far as something can go

    synonym:
  • limit

4. The boundary of a specific area

    synonym:
  • limit
  • ,
  • demarcation
  • ,
  • demarcation line

5. The mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity

    synonym:
  • limit
  • ,
  • limit point
  • ,
  • point of accumulation

6. The greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed

  • "There are limits on the amount you can bet"
  • "It is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight"
    synonym:
  • limit
  • ,
  • limitation

verb

1. Place limits on (extent or access)

  • "Restrict the use of this parking lot"
  • "Limit the time you can spend with your friends"
    synonym:
  • restrict
  • ,
  • restrain
  • ,
  • trammel
  • ,
  • limit
  • ,
  • bound
  • ,
  • confine
  • ,
  • throttle

2. Restrict or confine, "i limit you to two visits to the pub a day"

    synonym:
  • limit
  • ,
  • circumscribe
  • ,
  • confine

3. Decide upon or fix definitely

  • "Fix the variables"
  • "Specify the parameters"
    synonym:
  • specify
  • ,
  • set
  • ,
  • determine
  • ,
  • define
  • ,
  • fix
  • ,
  • limit

Examples of using

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
Witnesses told police that the train was travelling way over the speed limit when it derailed going around a bend.
There's no speed limit.