tr.v. lim·it·ed, lim·it·ing, lim·its

1. To confine or restrict within a boundary or bounds.

2. To fix definitely; to specify.

lim·it·ing (lm-tng)


1. Acting as a limit.

  1. Grammar. Restricting the range of application of the noun modified


Main Entry: 2limit

Function: transitive verb

Date: 14th century

1 : to assign certain limits to : PRESCRIBE

2 a : to restrict the bounds or limits of b : to curtail or reduce in quantity or extent

- /-m&-t&-b&l/ adjective

- noun

synonyms LIMIT, RESTRICT, CIRCUMSCRIBE, CONFINE mean to set bounds for. LIMIT implies setting a point or line (as in time, space, speed, or degree) beyond which something cannot or is not permitted to go . RESTRICT suggests a narrowing or tightening or restraining within or as if within an encircling boundary . CIRCUMSCRIBE stresses a restriction on all sides and by clearly defined boundaries . CONFINE suggests severe restraint and a resulting cramping, fettering, or hampering .