Other forms: limited; limits; limiting

A limit is a boundary, or how far something can go, or the maximum amount of something. When you reach the limit, imagine a little sign saying "the end."

There's a limit to how much weight you can lift, how many words can be written in an hour, or how long someone can stay awake. Once you pass the city limits, you have left town. Sporting events have time limits. As a verb, you can limit how much chocolate your kids are allowed to eat. And if you don't feel like writing much, you'll limit your essay to just 400 words instead of 500.

Definitions of limit
  1. noun
    as far as something can go
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    the point on a curve where the tangent changes from positive on the left to negative on the right
    the point on a curve where the tangent changes from negative on the left to positive on the right
    range, reach
    the limits within which something can be effective
    earreach, earshot, hearing
    the range within which a voice can be heard
    eyeshot, view
    the range of the eye
    rifle range, rifle shot
    the distance that a rifle bullet will carry
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    the outermost or farthest region or point
  2. noun
    final or latest limiting point
    synonyms: terminal point, terminus ad quem
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    end, ending
    the point in time at which something ends
  3. noun
    the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed
    “there are limits on the amount you can bet”
    synonyms: limitation
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    extremum, peak
    the most extreme possible amount or value
    a designated limit beyond which something cannot function or must be terminated
    lower limit, minimum
    the smallest possible quantity
    maximum, upper limit
    the largest possible quantity
    type of:
    indefinite quantity
    an estimated quantity
  4. noun
    the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity
    synonyms: limit point, point of accumulation
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    type of:
    indefinite quantity
    an estimated quantity
  5. noun
    the greatest possible degree of something
    “to the limit of his ability”
    synonyms: bound, boundary
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    a narrow boundary
    absoluteness, starkness, utterness
    the quality of being complete or utter or extreme
    heat barrier, thermal barrier
    a limit to high speed flight imposed by aerodynamic heating
    level best, maximum, utmost, uttermost
    the greatest possible degree
    brink, cusp, verge
    the limit beyond which something happens or changes
    the brink of a dangerous or potentially disastrous situation
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    the distance or area or volume over which something extends
  6. noun
    the boundary of a specific area
    synonyms: demarcation, demarcation line
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    the outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the center of something
    city limit, city limits
    the limits of the area occupied by a city or town
    upper limit
    the limit on the upper (or northernmost) side of something
    lower limit
    the limit on the lower (or southernmost) side of something
    three-mile limit
    the limit of a nation's territorial waters
    a strip forming the outer edge of something
    the edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down
    (nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the mast
    border, molding, moulding
    a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge
    selvage, selvedge
    the edge of a fabric that is woven so that it will not ravel or fray
    berm, shoulder
    a narrow edge of land (usually unpaved) along the side of a road
    roadside, wayside
    edge of a way or road or path
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    bound, boundary, bounds
    the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
  7. verb
    restrict or confine
    synonyms: circumscribe, confine
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    hold down
    keep down, number
    place a limit on the number of
    restrict the number or amount of
    curb, curtail, cut back, restrict
    place restrictions on
    delimit, delimitate, demarcate
    set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something
    satisfy in a limited way
    restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war
    lessen, diminish, or curtail
    immobilise, immobilize
    cause to be unable to move
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    decrease, lessen, minify
    make smaller
  8. verb
    decide upon or fix definitely
    synonyms: define, determine, fix, set, specify
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    use as a quantifier
    mention and identify by name
    set anew
    give a definition for the meaning of a word
    give a new or different definition of (a word)
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    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  9. verb
    place limits on (extent or access)
    limit the time you can spend with your friends”
    synonyms: bound, confine, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
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    reduce, tighten
    narrow or limit
    limit or restrict to
    restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
    draw a line, draw the line
    reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)
    mark off, mark out
    set boundaries to and delimit
    harness, rein, rule
    keep in check
    baffle, regulate
    check the emission of (sound)
    cramp, halter, hamper, strangle
    prevent the progress or free movement of
    constrain, stiffen, tighten, tighten up
    clamp down, crack down
    repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
    constrict, inhibit
    limit the range or extent of
    constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain
    hold back
    put a bridle on
    keep to the curb
    impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden
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    check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits




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