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I UK [ˈlɪmɪt] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "limit":
present tense I/you/we/they limit he/she/it limits present participle limiting past tense limited past participle limited
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.


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used with limit
▪  amount, capacity, extent, growth, number, power, scope, size
2) to reduce or control someone's freedom to do what they want or someone's 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) [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.


II UK [ˈlɪmɪt] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "limit":
singular limit plural limits
1) the greatest amount or level of something that is possible
limit to:

Obviously there is a limit to the amount we can get done in two weeks.

limit of:

The competition tested the limits of her ability.

beyond the limit:

This area of the ocean has been fished beyond sustainable limits.

stretch/push/drivesomeone/something to the limit:

The children were stretching my patience to the limit.

2) the largest or smallest amount, or the highest or lowest level, of something that is allowed

speed/spending limits

limit to:

There has to be a fair limit to the level of migration from other countries.

set/impose a limit:

Their inflation rate was above the 3% limit set by the Maastricht Treaty.


Collocations:
Adjectives frequently used with limit
▪  agreed, legal, lower, prescribed, strict, upper Nouns frequently used with limit
▪  age, speed, time, weight Verbs frequently used with limit as the object ▪  define, extend, impose, introduce, lower, place, put, raise, reduce, set, specify
3) the outer edge of an area

This line of islands formed the outer limit of the empire.

city limits:

No bombs landed within the city limits.


English dictionary. 2014.

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