Definitions for limitˈlɪm ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lim•itˈlɪm ɪt(n.)

  1. the final, utmost, or furthest boundary or point as to extent, amount, continuance, etc.

  2. a boundary or bound, as of a country or district.

  3. limits, the premises or region enclosed within boundaries.

  4. Math. a number such that the value of a given function remains arbitrarily close to this number when the independent variable is sufficiently close to a specified point or is sufficiently large.

    Category: Math

  5. the maximum sum by which a bet may be raised at any one time.

    Category: Games

  6. the limit,Informal. something or someone that exasperates, delights, etc., to an extreme degree.

    Category: Informal

  7. (v.t.)to restrict by or as if by establishing limits.

  8. to confine or keep within limits:

    to limit expenditures.

Origin of limit:

1325–75; ME lymyt < L līmit-, s. of līmes boundary, strip of uncultivated land between fields


Princeton's WordNet

  1. limit, bound, boundary(noun)

    the greatest possible degree of something

    "what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior"; "to the limit of his ability"

  2. terminus ad quem, terminal point, limit(noun)

    final or latest limiting point

  3. limit(noun)

    as far as something can go

  4. limit, demarcation, demarcation line(noun)

    the boundary of a specific area

  5. limit, limit point, point of accumulation(noun)

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

  6. limit, limitation(verb)

    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"

  7. restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle(verb)

    place limits on (extent or access)

    "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

  8. limit, circumscribe, confine(verb)

    restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"

  9. specify, set, determine, define, fix, limit(verb)

    decide upon or fix definitely

    "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. limit(noun)ˈɪmət

    a restriction on how much is possible or allowed

    a time limit on/to how long you can keep a rented movie; What's the speed limit?

  2. limitˈɪmət

    (of a place) beyond where you are allowed to go

    The living room is off limits for the dogs.

  3. limit(verb)ˈɪmət

    to restrict what or how much is possible or allowed

    We limit the number of copies people can buy.; I try to limit myself to two cups of coffee a day.; A lack of resources will limit the final results.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Limit(verb)

    that which terminates, circumscribes, restrains, or confines; the bound, border, or edge; the utmost extent; as, the limit of a walk, of a town, of a country; the limits of human knowledge or endeavor

  2. Limit(verb)

    the space or thing defined by limits

  3. Limit(verb)

    that which terminates a period of time; hence, the period itself; the full time or extent

  4. Limit(verb)

    a restriction; a check; a curb; a hindrance

  5. Limit(verb)

    a determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic; a differentia

  6. Limit(verb)

    a determinate quantity, to which a variable one continually approaches, and may differ from it by less than any given difference, but to which, under the law of variation, the variable can never become exactly equivalent

  7. Limit(verb)

    to apply a limit to, or set a limit for; to terminate, circumscribe, or restrict, by a limit or limits; as, to limit the acreage of a crop; to limit the issue of paper money; to limit one's ambitions or aspirations; to limit the meaning of a word

  8. Limit(verb)

    to beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited region; as, a limiting friar


  1. Limit

    In mathematics, a limit is the value that a function or sequence "approaches" as the input or index approaches some value. Limits are essential to calculus and are used to define continuity, derivatives, and integrals. The concept of a limit of a sequence is further generalized to the concept of a limit of a topological net, and is closely related to limit and direct limit in category theory. In formulas, limit is usually abbreviated as lim as in lim = a, and the fact of approaching a limit is represented by the right arrow as in an → a.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'limit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3083

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'limit' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2502

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'limit' in Nouns Frequency: #740

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'limit' in Verbs Frequency: #314

Translations for limit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the farthest point or place; the boundary

There was no limit to his ambition.

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