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verb [transitive]     limit pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelimiting
past tenselimited
past participlelimited
  1. 1
    to prevent a number, amount, or effect from increasing past a particular point

    The hospital limits the number of visitors a patient can have.

    The residentsmain demand is to limit the amount of heavy traffic using the street.

    limit something to something:

    The prime minister has pledged to limit classes to a maximum of 30 pupils.

  2. 2
    to reduce or control someone’s freedom to do what they want or someone’s ability to be effective
    limit someone to something:

    Our remit limits us to recommendations concerning the law of insolvency.

    limit someone to something:

    Most people limit themselves to a few techniques that work best for them.

    be limited by something:

    They were limited by the amount of money they could spend on the production.

  3. 3
    [usually passive] if something is limited to a particular place or group, it happens only in that place or within that group
    be limited to:

    NATO officials said that the air strikes were limited to military targets.

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