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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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