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verb [transitive] limit pronunciation in British English /ˈlɪmɪt/
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present tense
present participlelimiting
past tenselimited
past participlelimited
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  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 residents’ main demand is to limit the amount of heavy traffic using the street.
    The regulations are designed to limit environmental damage.
    limit something to something: The prime minister has pledged to limit classes to a maximum of 30 pupils.
  2. 2
    to reduce or control someones freedom to do what they want or someones ability to be effective
    Lack of adequate testing limits the effectiveness of the research.
    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.
    The right to vote was limited to heads of households and married women.


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