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LIMIT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does limit mean? 

LIMIT (noun)
  The noun LIMIT has 6 senses:

1. the greatest possible degree of something
2. final or latest limiting point
3. the boundary of a specific area
4. as far as something can go
5. the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity
6. the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed

  Familiarity information: LIMIT used as a noun is common.


LIMIT (verb)
  The verb LIMIT has 3 senses:

1. place limits on (extent or access)
2. restrict or confine,
3. decide upon or fix definitely

  Familiarity information: LIMIT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LIMIT (noun)


Sense 1limit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The greatest possible degree of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

limit; bound; boundary

Context examples:

what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior / to the limit of his ability

Hypernyms ("limit" is a kind of...):

extent (the distance or area or volume over which something extends)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "limit"):

knife-edge (a narrow boundary)

absoluteness; starkness; utterness (the quality of being complete or utter or extreme)

heat barrier; thermal barrier (a limit to high speed flight imposed by aerodynamic heating)

level best; maximum; utmost; uttermost (the greatest possible degree)

brink; verge (the limit beyond which something happens or changes)


Sense 2limit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Final or latest limiting point

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

terminal point; terminus ad quem; limit

Hypernyms ("limit" is a kind of...):

end; ending (the point in time at which something ends)


Sense 3limit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The boundary of a specific area

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

demarcation; demarcation line; limit

Hypernyms ("limit" is a kind of...):

bound; boundary; bounds (the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "limit"):

three-mile limit (the limit of a nation's territorial waters)

lower limit (the limit on the lower (or southernmost) side of something)

upper limit (the limit on the upper (or northernmost) side of something)

city limit; city limits (the limits of the area occupied by a city or town)


Sense 4limit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

As far as something can go

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("limit" is a kind of...):

extremity (the outermost or farthest region or point)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "limit"):

range; reach (the limits within which something can be effective)

minimum (the point on a curve where the tangent changes from negative on the left to positive on the right)

maximum (the point on a curve where the tangent changes from positive on the left to negative on the right)


Sense 5limit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

point of accumulation; limit point; limit

Hypernyms ("limit" is a kind of...):

indefinite quantity (an estimated quantity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "limit"):

range (the limits of the values a function can take)


Sense 6limit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

limitation; limit

Context examples:

there are limits on the amount you can bet / it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight

Hypernyms ("limit" is a kind of...):

indefinite quantity (an estimated quantity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "limit"):

extremum; peak (the most extreme possible amount or value)

cutoff (a designated limit beyond which something cannot function or must be terminated)


LIMIT (verb)


Sense 1limit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place limits on (extent or access)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

limit; throttle; trammel; confine; restrain; restrict; bound

Context examples:

restrict the use of this parking lot / limit the time you can spend with your friends

Hypernyms (to "limit" is one way to...):

check; contain; control; curb; hold; hold in; moderate (lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "limit"):

cramp; halter; hamper; strangle (prevent the progress or free movement of)

constrain; stiffen; tighten; tighten up (restrict)

clamp down; crack down (repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable))

inhibit (limit the range or extent of)

constrain; cumber; encumber; restrain (hold back)

baffle; regulate (check the emission of (sound))

harness; rein; rule (keep in check)

mark off; mark out (set boundaries to and delimit)

draw a line; draw the line (reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on))

gate (restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment)

tie (limit or restrict to)

reduce; tighten (narrow or limit)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2limit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Restrict or confine,

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

confine; circumscribe; limit

Context example:

I limit you to two visits to the pub a day

Hypernyms (to "limit" is one way to...):

decrease; lessen; minify (make smaller)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "limit"):

ration (restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war)

content (satisfy in a limited way)

delimit; delimitate; demarcate (set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something)

curb; curtail; cut back; restrict (place restrictions on)

cap (restrict the number or amount of)

keep down; number (place a limit on the number of)

hold down (restrain)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3limit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Decide upon or fix definitely

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

set; limit; fix; specify; determine

Context examples:

fix the variables / specify the parameters

Hypernyms (to "limit" is one way to...):

choose; pick out; select; take (pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "limit"):

quantify (use as a quantifier)

name (mention and identify by name)

reset (set anew)

define (give a definition for the meaning of a word)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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