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noun [countable] limit pronunciation in American English /ˈlɪmɪt/
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  1. 1
    the largest or smallest amount, or the highest or lowest level, of something that is allowed

    speed/spending limits

    limit on:

    There are strict limits on presidential power.

    limit to:

    There has to be a fair limit to the level of migration from other countries.

    legal limit:

    He had consumed more than three times the legal limit of alcohol when he drove home.

    set/impose a limit:

    Their inflation rate was above the 3% limit set by the Maastricht Treaty.

  2. 2
    the greatest amount or level of something that is possible
    limit to:

    Obviously there is a limit to the amount we can get done in two weeks.

    limit of:

    The competition tested the limits of her ability.

    beyond the limit:

    This area of the ocean has been fished beyond sustainable limits.

    stretch/push/drive /someone/something to the limit:

    The children were stretching my patience to the limit.

  3. 3
    the outer edge of an area

    This line of islands formed the outer limit of the empire.

    city limits:

    No bombs landed within the city limits.

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