From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishlimitlim‧it1 /ˈlɪmɪt/ ●●●S2W2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1greatest/least allowedLIMIT the greatest or least amount, number, speed etc that is allowed 🔊 a 55 mph speed limitlimit for 🔊 There’s no age limit for applicants.limit to/on 🔊 My wife and I set a limit on how much we spend on clothes.above/over/below a limit 🔊 Pesticide levels in drinking water are already above legal limits in many areas.2greatest amount possible (also limits)LIMIT the greatest possible amount of something that can exist or be obtainedlimit of 🔊 the limits of human knowledge 🔊 He’d reached the limit of his patience. 🔊 Our finances are already stretched to the limit (=we do not have any extra money). 🔊 There’s no limit to what you can do if you try.3place (also limits)LIMIT the furthest point or edge of a place, often one that must not be passed 🔊 He had not been outside the limits of the prison walls for 20 years. 🔊 The public is not allowed within a 2-mile limit of the missile site. 🔊 Los Angeles city limits4 →off limits5 →within limits6 →be over the limit7 →know your limits8 →have your limitsCOLLOCATIONSverbsset a limit (also impose a limit formal)Set a time limit for the completion of the task.put a limit on somethingWe have to put a limit on the number of participants.exceed a limit (=go beyond a limit)He reported a driver for exceeding the speed limit.go over a limit (=go beyond a limit)Borrowers who go over the spending limit set by the credit card company are penalised.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + limitan upper/lower limit (=the highest/lowest amount allowed)There is no upper limit on the amount you can borrow.Ensure the temperature in the aquarium does not fall below the lower limit.a strict limitThere are strict limits on spending.a legal limit (=a limit set by law)The alcohol in his blood was four times more than the legal limit.the speed limitToo many people go over the speed limit in residential areas.a time limitThe time limit for making a claim is three months.an age limitThe lower age limit for entering the Royal Marines is sixteen.a weight/height limitThe weight limit per bag is 20 kilos.spending limitsThere are strict spending limits imposed by law on all candidates.term limits American English (=limits on how much time a politician can spend in office)Should Senators be subject to term limits?THESAURUSlimit the highest number, speed, temperature etc that is allowed by a law or ruleHe borrowed money up to the limit that the bank allowed.The speed limit is 65 m.p.h.There’s no limit on the amount of money that may be brought into the US.Pollution levels are over the official limit.Some families set limits on how much they spend on each other’s Christmas present.restrictions rules or laws that strictly control what you are allowed to doTravel restrictions might reduce the spread of the disease.Unions are pressing for restrictions on steel imports from Japan.Because of restrictions on reporting, newspapers were not allowed to cover the story.New restrictions have been imposed on immigration.limitationslimits on what a person or thing is able to do – used especially when you would like to be able to do moreThe president was unwilling to accept limitations on his power.the limitations of the computer system Hikers should know their physical limitations and not take unnecessary risks.constraints facts or conditions that limit what you can do, for example not having enough time, money etc Financial constraints are forcing many people in their twenties to live with their parents.The last part of the show had to be cut because of time constraints.The constraints of prison life are sometimes too much for people to bear.maximum the largest number or amount that is possible, normal, or allowedClasses have a maximum of twenty students.What’s the maximum you can earn before you have to pay tax?minimum the smallest number or amount that is possible or allowedHe was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison.Our aim is to reduce the number of accidents to an absolute minimum.ceiling the largest number or amount of something that is officially allowedThere is a ceiling on the amount of foreign investment.Import quotas may rise from the present ceiling of 18.5 million to 20 million.Congress was once again considering raising the federal debt ceiling.
limit• Let's limit our discussion to the facts in the report.• As long as the problems being addressed were limited, the degree of acceptable organizational change was limited.• The higher toll should limit the number of cars on the bridge.• The new law limits the number of foreign cars that can be imported.• The agreement in Washington has muffled the many disagreementsencountered along this road by limiting the West's aims.• It was limited to five hundred copies and afterwards the type was destroyed.• However, it was limited to one particular unit.• Men hold most of the top jobs, and this limits women's opportunities for promotion.• Think spaceappeal here, and limit your opener to two to five lines.• As you look for material to write about, don't limit yourself to other people's ideas.limit something to something• Seating is limited to 500.limit yourself to something• He had ranged ahead, limiting himself tobrusquecommands and a variety of signals.• In this regard, do not limit yourself toexperts.• The system made no attempt to determinedeepstructureparses, limiting itself to finding surface parse trees.• Despite the title and setting, he heroically limits himself to only one Elvis.• The shorter ones among them generally limit themselves to praise-affirmations but do not as yet have any particular type of conclusion.• In contrast, governments that put steering and rowing within the same organization limit themselves to relatively narrowstrategies.• In arguing this I shall limit myself to the internalcharacteristics of the NationalCurriculum.• Behavioural psychologistsprefer to limit themselves to the physically observable.• I limit myself to two cups of coffee a day.From Longman Business Dictionarylimitlim‧it1 /ˈlɪmɪt/ noun [countable]the greatest amount, size, number etc that is possible or allowedThe contract specifies various time limits and penalty clauses.Insurance cover for deep-freeze goods is free of charge up to a limit of £500. →credit limit →floor limitlimitlimit2 verb [transitive]1to stop something going beyond a particular pointThe costs of limiting air pollution are difficult to determine.limit something to somethingThe law limits political donations to $500 from each voter.2to reduce the amount, number etc of something a person or organization may havelimit somebody/something to somethingSubscribers were limited to twenty shares each.→ See Verb table