[ lim-i-tid ]
/ ˈlɪm ɪ tɪd /


confined within limits; restricted or circumscribed: a limited space; limited resources.
Government. restricted with reference to governing powers by limitations prescribed in laws and in a constitution, as in limited monarchy; limited government.
characterized by an inability to think imaginatively or independently; lacking originality or scope; narrow: a rather limited intelligence.
Chiefly British.
  1. responsible for the debts of a company only to a specified amount proportionate to the percentage of stock held.
  2. (of a business firm) owned by stockholders, each having a restricted liability for the company's debts.
  3. (usually initial capital letter) incorporated; Inc. Abbreviation: Ltd.
(of railroad trains, buses, etc.) making only a limited number of stops en route.


a limited train, bus, etc.

Origin of limited

First recorded in 1545–55; limit + -ed2


lim·it·ed·ly, adverblim·it·ed·ness, noun

Definition for limited (2 of 2)

[ lim-it ]
/ ˈlɪm ɪt /


verb (used with object)

Origin of limit

1325–75; Middle English lymyt < Latin līmit- (stem of līmes) boundary, path between fields



boundary limit parameter variable (see synonym study at boundary) (see usage note at parameter)limit limitation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for limited (1 of 2)

/ (ˈlɪmɪtɪd) /


having a limit; restricted; confined
without fullness or scope; narrow
(of governing powers, sovereignty, etc) restricted or checked, by or as if by a constitution, laws, or an assemblylimited government
US and Canadian (of a train) stopping only at certain stations and having only a set number of cars for passengers
mainly British (of a business enterprise) owned by shareholders whose liability for the enterprise's debts is restricted


US and Canadian a limited train, bus, etc

Derived forms of limited

limitedly, adverblimitedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for limited (2 of 2)

/ (ˈlɪmɪt) /


verb -its, -iting or -ited (tr)

to restrict or confine, as to area, extent, time, etc
law to agree, fix, or assign specifically

Derived forms of limit

Word Origin for limit

C14: from Latin līmes boundary
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Medicine definitions for limited

[ lĭmĭt ]


The point, edge, or line beyond which something cannot or may not proceed.
A confining or restricting object, agent, or influence.
The greatest or least amount, number, or extent allowed or possible.


To confine or restrict within a boundary or bounds.
To fix definitely; to specify.

Other words from limit

limit•a•ble adj.
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Science definitions for limited

[ lĭmĭt ]

A number or point for which, from a given set of numbers or points, one can choose an arbitrarily close number or point. For example, for the set of all real numbers greater than zero and less than one, the numbers one and zero are limit points, since one can pick a number from the set arbitrarily close to one or zero (even though one and zero are not themselves in the set). Limits form the basis for calculus, where a number L is defined to be the limit 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 0 < |;x-a|; < δ.
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Idioms and Phrases with limited


see go whole hog (the limit); sky's the limit; the limit.

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