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English noun: limit

1. limit (attribute) the greatest possible degree of something


SamplesWhat he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior.
To the limit of his ability.


Synonymsbound, boundary


Broader (hypernym)extent


Narrower (hyponym)absoluteness, brink, heat barrier, knife-edge, level best, maximum, starkness, thermal barrier, utmost, uttermost, utterness, verge

2. limit (time) final or latest limiting point


Synonymsterminal point, terminus ad quem


Broader (hypernym)end, ending

3. limit (location) as far as something can go


Broader (hypernym)extremity


Narrower (hyponym)maximum, minimum, range, reach

4. limit (location) the boundary of a specific area


Synonymsdemarcation, demarcation line


Broader (hypernym)bound, boundary, bounds


Narrower (hyponym)city limit, city limits, edge, lower limit, three-mile limit, upper limit

5. limit (quantity) the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity


Synonymslimit point, point of accumulation


Broader (hypernym)indefinite quantity

6. limit (quantity) the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed


SamplesThere are limits on the amount you can bet.
It is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight.


Synonymslimitation


Broader (hypernym)indefinite quantity


Narrower (hyponym)cutoff, extremum, peak


English verb: limit

1. limit (change) place limits on (extent or access)


SamplesRestrict the use of this parking lot.
Limit the time you can spend with your friends.


Synonymsbound, confine, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate


Narrower (hyponym)baffle, clamp down, constrain, constrain, crack down, cramp, cumber, draw a line, draw the line, encumber, gate, halter, hamper, harness, inhibit, mark off, mark out, reduce, regulate, rein, restrain, rule, stiffen, strangle, tie, tighten, tighten, tighten up

2. limit (change) restrict or confine,


SamplesI limit you to two visits to the pub a day.


Synonymscircumscribe, confine


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify


Narrower (hyponym)cap, content, curb, curtail, cut back, delimit, delimitate, demarcate, hold down, keep down, number, ration, restrict

3. limit (communication) decide upon or fix definitely


SamplesFix the variables.
Specify the parameters.


Synonymsdefine, determine, fix, set, specify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take


Narrower (hyponym)define, name, quantify, reset









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