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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.


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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