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Definition of limit verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    limit

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪmɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪmɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they limit
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪmɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪmɪt//
     
    he / she / it limits
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪmɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪmɪts//
     
    past simple limited
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪmɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪmɪtɪd//
     
    past participle limited
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪmɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪmɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form limiting
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪmɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪmɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  limit something (to something) to stop something from increasing beyond a particular amount or level synonym restrict measures to limit carbon dioxide emissions from cars The amount of money you have to spend will limit your choice.
  2. 2  limit yourself/somebody (to something) to restrict or reduce the amount of something that you or somebody can have or use Families are limited to four free tickets each. I've limited myself to 1 000 calories a day to try and lose weight.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin limes, limit- ‘boundary, frontier’. The verb is from Latin limitare, from limes.Extra examples As a scientist I refuse to limit myself to these barriers. Rigid job descriptions can serve to limit productivity. The change in the law was designed to limit the scope for corruption. These regulations effectively limit our available strategic choices. They are working to limit oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Calorie intake is strictly limited to 1 000 a day. Campaign spending was limited to a maximum of $500 000. Such agreements seek to limit the liability of air carriers. There are no regulations which limit the hours which ships’ crews work. There is no evidence that the restrictions have limited the effectiveness of the advertising. They introduced measures to limit carbon dioxide emissions from cars. I’ve limited myself to 1 000 calories a day to try and lose weight. Phrasal Verbslimit something to somebody
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