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## lim·it

(lĭm′ĭt)
n.
1. The point, edge, or line beyond which something ends, may not go, or is not allowed: the 12-mile fishing limit; the limit of my patience.
2. limits The boundary surrounding a specific area; bounds: within the city limits.
3. Something that restricts or restrains; a restraint: The child needs to have limits put on his behavior.
4. The greatest or least amount, number, or extent allowed or possible: a withdrawal limit of \$200; no minimum age limit.
5. Games The largest amount which may be bet at one time in games of chance.
6. Abbr. lim Mathematics
a. A number or point L that is approached by a function f(x) as x approaches a if, for every positive number ε, there exists a number δ such that │f(x)-L│ < ε if │x-a│ < δ.
b. A number or point L that is approached by a sequence bn if, for every positive number ε, there exists a number N such that │bn-L│ < ε if n > N. Also called limit point.
7. Informal One that is intolerable, remarkable, or extreme in some other way: "That's the limit!" the babysitter exclaimed after the child spilled a glass of milk.
tr.v. lim·it·ed, lim·it·ing, lim·its
To confine or restrict with a limit: Let's limit the discussion to what is doable. The offer limits us to three for a dollar.

[Middle English limite, from Old French, border, from Latin līmes, līmit-, border, limit.]

Synonyms: limit, restrict, confine, circumscribe
These verbs mean to establish or keep within specified bounds. Limit refers principally to the establishment of a maximum beyond which a person or thing cannot or may not go: The Constitution limits the president's term of office to four years. To restrict is to keep within prescribed limits, as of choice or action: The sale of alcohol is restricted to people who are 21 and older. Confine suggests imprisonment, restraint, or impediment: The children were confined to the nursery. Circumscribe connotes an encircling or surrounding line that confines, especially narrowly: "A man ... should not circumscribe his activity by any inflexible fence of rigid rules" (John Stuart Blackie).
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## limit

(ˈlɪmɪt)
n
1. (sometimes plural) the ultimate extent, degree, or amount of something: the limit of endurance.
2. (often plural) the boundary or edge of a specific area: the city limits.
3. (often plural) the area of premises within specific boundaries
4. the largest quantity or amount allowed
5. (Mathematics) maths
a. a value to which a function f(x) approaches as closely as desired as the independent variable approaches a specified value (x = a) or approaches infinity
b. a value to which a sequence an approaches arbitrarily close as n approaches infinity
c. the limit of a sequence of partial sums of a convergent infinite series: the limit of 1 + + + + … is 2.
6. (Mathematics) maths one of the two specified values between which a definite integral is evaluated
7. the limit informal a person or thing that is intolerably exasperating
8. off limits
a. out of bounds
b. forbidden to do or use: smoking was off limits everywhere.
9. within limits to a certain or limited extent: I approve of it within limits.
vb (tr) , -its, -iting or -ited
10. to restrict or confine, as to area, extent, time, etc
11. (Law) law to agree, fix, or assign specifically
[C14: from Latin līmes boundary]
ˈlimitableness n
ˈlimitlessness n
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## lim•it

(ˈlɪm ɪt)
n.
1. the final, utmost, or furthest boundary or point as to extent, amount, continuance, etc.
2. a boundary or bound, as of a country or district.
3. limits, the premises or region enclosed within boundaries.
4. Math. a number such that the value of a given function remains arbitrarily close to this number when the independent variable is sufficiently close to a specified point or is sufficiently large.
5. the maximum sum by which a bet may be raised at any one time.
6. the limit, Informal. something or someone that exasperates, delights, etc., to an extreme degree.
v.t.
7. to restrict by or as if by establishing limits.
8. to confine or keep within limits: to limit expenditures.
[1325–75; Middle English lymyt < Latin līmit-, s. of līmes boundary, strip of uncultivated land between fields]
lim′it•er, n.
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## limit

• T'ai Chi - Short for T'ai Chi Ch'uan, it is Chinese for "extreme limit" or "great supreme absolute," and constitutes the source and limit of life force.

## limit

Past participle: limited
Gerund: limiting

Imperative
limit
limit
Present
I limit
you limit
he/she/it limits
we limit
you limit
they limit
Preterite
I limited
you limited
he/she/it limited
we limited
you limited
they limited
Present Continuous
I am limiting
you are limiting
he/she/it is limiting
we are limiting
you are limiting
they are limiting
Present Perfect
I have limited
you have limited
he/she/it has limited
we have limited
you have limited
they have limited
Past Continuous
I was limiting
you were limiting
he/she/it was limiting
we were limiting
you were limiting
they were limiting
Past Perfect
Future
I will limit
you will limit
he/she/it will limit
we will limit
you will limit
they will limit
Future Perfect
I will have limited
you will have limited
he/she/it will have limited
we will have limited
you will have limited
they will have limited
Future Continuous
I will be limiting
you will be limiting
he/she/it will be limiting
we will be limiting
you will be limiting
they will be limiting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been limiting
you have been limiting
he/she/it has been limiting
we have been limiting
you have been limiting
they have been limiting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been limiting
you will have been limiting
he/she/it will have been limiting
we will have been limiting
you will have been limiting
they will have been limiting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been limiting
you had been limiting
he/she/it had been limiting
we had been limiting
you had been limiting
they had been limiting
Conditional
I would limit
you would limit
he/she/it would limit
we would limit
you would limit
they would limit
Past Conditional
I would have limited
you would have limited
he/she/it would have limited
we would have limited
you would have limited
they would have limited
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## limit

noun
1. end, bound, ultimate, deadline, utmost, breaking point, termination, extremity, greatest extent, the bitter end, end point, cutoff point, furthest bound Her love for him was being tested to its limits.
2. the city limits
3. He outlined the limits of British power.
verb
1. restrict, control, check, fix, bound, confine, specify, curb, restrain, ration, hinder, circumscribe, hem in, demarcate, delimit, put a brake on, keep within limits, straiten He limited payments on the country's foreign debt.
the limit (Informal) Really, Mark, you are the limit!
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## limit

noun
1. A demarcation point or boundary beyond which something does not extend or occur:
bound (often used in plural), confine (used in plural), end.
2. Either of the two points at the ends of a spectrum or range:
3. The boundary surrounding a certain area.Used in plural:
bound (used in plural), confine (used in plural), precinct (often used in plural).
4. Something that limits or restricts:
5. The greatest amount or number allowed:
6. The ultimate point to which an action, thought, discussion, or policy is carried:
verb
1. To place a limit on:
2. To fix the limits of:
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Translations
حَدحَدّقَيْد، نِهايَه، حَديُحدِّد
mezomezithranicelimit
grænsebegrænsebegrænsning
piirpiiramapiirang
rajaraja-arvorajoittaarajoitusyläraja
granicaograničenje
határ
takmarkatakmörk

한계
neribotasribotos atsakomybės
ierobežojumsierobežotlimitētrobeža
hotar
medza
limitamejaomejitevomejiti
begränsagränsgränsvärde
ขีดจำกัด
sınırsınırlamasınırlamakhudutkısıtlama
giới hạn

## limit

[ˈlɪmɪt]
A. N
1. (= cut-off point, furthest extent) →
there is a limit to my patience
there's a limit to what doctors can do in such caseslo que pueden hacer los médicos en estos casos es limitado
to be at the limit of one's enduranceya no poder más
to be at the limit of one's patiencehaber agotado la paciencia
behaviour beyond the limits of acceptabilitycomportamiento m que va más allá de los límites de lo aceptable
to know no limitsno tener límite(s)
these establishments are off limits to ordinary citizenslos ciudadanos de a pie tienen prohibido el acceso a estos establecimientos
that sort of question is off limits
that is outside the limits of my experienceeso va más allá de los límites de mi experiencia
it is important that parents set limits for their childrenes importante que los padres les pongan límites a sus hijos
she tried my patience to the limit
it is true within limitses verdad dentro de ciertos límites
2. (= permitted maximum) →
there is no limit on or to the amount you can import
one glass of wine's my limitcon un vaso de vino me basta y me sobra
he was three times over the limit (Aut) → había ingerido tres veces más de la cantidad de alcohol permitida (para conducir)
3. the limit: it's the limit! (= too much) → ¡es el colmo!, ¡es demasiado!
he's the limit!¡es el colmo!, ¡es el no va más!
4. (Math) →
B. VT [+ numbers, power, freedom] → limitar; [+ spending] → restringir
try to limit your fat intake
are you limited as to time?
he limited questions to 25 minuteslimitó las preguntas a 25 minutos
to limit o.s. to sthlimitarse a algo
he limited himself to a few remarksse limitó a hacer algunas observaciones
I limit myself to ten cigarettes a day
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## limit

[ˈlɪmɪt]
n
(= maximum) →
There is no limit to how much fruit you can eat → Il n'y a pas de limite à la quantité de fruits que l'on peut manger.
There was a limit on what we could buy → Il y avait une limite à ce qu'on pouvait acheter.
weight limit →
within limits →
the sky's the limit → tout est possible time limit
[area, city] →
the southern limits of the area →
the city limits of Kinshasa → les limites de la ville de Kinshasa
to be off limits [place] →
A one-mile area around the wreck is still off limits → Une zone d'un mile autour de l'épave est toujours interdite.
to be off limits to sb → être interdit(e) à qn
These establishments are off limits to ordinary citizens → L'accès à ces établissements est interdit aux citoyens ordinaires., Ces établissements sont interdits aux citoyens ordinaires.
(for alcohol) to be over the limit (British)
vtlimiter
to limit o.s. to sth → se limiter à qch
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## limit

n
Grenze f; (= limitation)Beschränkung f, → Begrenzung f; (= speed limit)Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung f; (Comm) → Limit nt; the city limitsdie Stadtgrenzen pl; a 40-mile limiteine Vierzigmeilengrenze; the 50 km/h limit; is there any limit on the size?gibt es irgendwelche Größenbeschränkungen?, ist die Größe begrenzt or beschränkt?; to put a limit on something, to set a limit to or on something; that’s beyond my financial limits; I am at the limit of my patiencemeine Geduld ist am Ende; we’re constantly working at the limits of our abilitiesunsere Arbeit bringt uns ständig an die Grenzen unserer Leistungsfähigkeit; there’s a limit!alles hat seine Grenzen!; there is a limit to what one person can doein Mensch kann nur so viel tun und nicht mehr; there’s a limit to the time you should spendSie sollten nicht allzu viel Zeit darauf verwenden; there is no limit to his stupidityseine Dummheit kennt keine Grenzen; there’s a limit to the amount of money we can spendunseren Ausgaben sind Grenzen gesetzt, wir können nicht unbegrenzt Geld ausgeben; there are limits!es gibt (schließlich) Grenzen!; it is true within limitses ist bis zu einem gewissen Grade richtig; I’ll tell you what I can, within limitsich sage Ihnen, was ich kann, innerhalb gewisser Grenzen; without limits; off limits to military personnel; smoking is off limits; to know no limitskeine Grenzen kennen; over the limitzu viel; (in time) → zu lange; you are or your baggage is over the limitIhr Gepäck hat Übergewicht; you shouldn’t drive, you’re over the limitdu solltest dich nicht ans Steuer setzen, du hast zu viel getrunken; he was three times over the limiter hatte dreimal so viel Promille wie gesetzlich erlaubt; he had more than the legal limit (of alcohol) in his blooder hatte mehr Promille als gesetzlich erlaubt; top C is my limithöher als bis zum hohen C komme ich nicht; I’ll offer £400, that’s my limitich biete £ 400, das ist mein Limit or höher kann ich nicht gehen; 50 pages per week is my limit50 Seiten pro Woche sind mein Limit
(inf) that’s (just) the limit!das ist die Höhe (inf)or das Letzte (inf); that child is the limit!dieses Kind ist eine Zumutung! (inf); he’s the limit!, isn’t he the limit?das ist ’ne Type! (inf)
vt; freedom, spending, possibilitieseinschränken; imaginationhemmen; to limit somebody/something to somethingjdn/etw auf etw (acc)beschränken; to limit oneself to a few remarkssich auf einige (wenige) Bemerkungen beschränken; time is the limiting factorwir sind zeitlich gebunden; what are the limiting factors?wodurch sind uns (dat)
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## limit

[ˈlɪmɪt]
1. n
weight/speed limit → limite di peso/di velocità
there's a limit to my patience → la mia pazienza ha un limite
within limits →
there is a limit to what one can do → c'è un limite a quello che si può fare
he's the limit! (fam) → lui passa tutti i limiti!
well, that's the limit! (fam) → questo è il massimo or il colmo!
2. vtlimitare
to limit o.s. to a few remarks → limitarsi ad alcune osservazioni
I limit myself to 10 cigarettes a day → mi limito a (fumare) 10 sigarette al giorno
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## limit

(ˈlimit) noun
1. the farthest point or place; the boundary. There was no limit to his ambition.
2. a restriction. We must put a limit on our spending.
verb
to set a restriction on. We must limit the amount of time we spend on this work.
ˌlimiˈtation noun
1. an act of limiting.
2. a lack, eg of a particular facility, ability etc. We all have our limitations.
1. (negative unlimited) not very great, large etc; restricted. My experience is rather limited.
2. (with capital, abbreviated to Ltd. when written) a word used in the titles of certain companies. West. and R. Chambers Ltd.
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## limit

mez grænse yläraja ograničenje 限界 한계 gräns ขีดจำกัด giới hạn
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## lim·it

n. límite, frontera;
assimilation ______ de asimilación;
___ of perceptionumbral perceptivo;
saturation ______ de saturación.
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## limit

n límite m; above normal limits..por encima de los límites normales… below normal limits..por debajo de los límites normales…within normal limits..dentro de los límites normales; lower — of normal límite inferior normal; upper — of normal límite superior normal; Your sugar is over twice the upper limit of normal..Su azùcar está dos veces por encima del límite superior normal; vt limitar
References in classic literature ?
As the natural limit of a democracy is that distance from the central point which will just permit the most remote citizens to assemble as often as their public functions demand, and will include no greater number than can join in those functions; so the natural limit of a republic is that distance from the centre which will barely allow the representatives to meet as often as may be necessary for the administration of public affairs.
He by no means regarded man as the highest possible being which evolution could arrive at; for though his physical development may have reached its limit, this is not the case with his mental or spiritual attributes.
This was the extreme southern limit reached by that daring traveller.
They differ, again, in their length: for Tragedy endeavours, as far as possible, to confine itself to a single revolution of the sun, or but slightly to exceed this limit; whereas the Epic action has no limits of time.
"It is probably his limit. All prophets have their limit.
"Because," said the Man Leaning on a Spade, "I belong to the Gravediggers' National Extortion Society, and we have decided to limit the production of graves and get more money for the reduced output.
Moreover, by applying the same system to the words quarante-deux,* which was the term allowed to the beast that "spoke great things and blasphemies," the same number 666 was obtained; from which it followed that the limit fixed for Napoleon's power had come in the year 1812 when the French emperor was forty-two.
It was now their turn to impose some limit on that selenographic science, which had reconstructed the lunar world as Cuvier did the skeleton of a fossil, and say, "The moon was this, a habitable world, inhabited before the earth.
Thus also there are no limits to the art of medicine, with respect to the health which it attempts to procure; the same also is true of all other arts; no line can be drawn to terminate their bounds, the several professors of them being desirous to extend them as far as possible.
Therefore extraordinary expense must be limited by the worth of the occasion; for voluntary undoing, may be as well for a man's country, as for the kingdom of heaven.

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