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Definition 1: the greatest possible degree of something - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where limit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for limit in the sense of this definition

(limit is a kind of ...) the distance or area or volume over which something extends

"the vast extent of the desert" "an orchard of considerable extent"

(... is a kind of limit ) a narrow boundary

"he lived on a knife-edge between genius and insanity"

(... is a kind of limit ) the quality of being complete or utter or extreme

"the starkness of his contrast between justice and fairness was open to many objections"

(... is a kind of limit ) a limit to high speed flight imposed by aerodynamic heating

(... is a kind of limit ) the greatest possible degree

"he tried his utmost"

(... is a kind of limit ) the limit beyond which something happens or changes

"on the verge of tears" "on the brink of bankruptcy"

Definition 2: the boundary of a specific area - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for limit in the sense of this definition

(limit is a kind of ...) the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

(... is a kind of limit ) the outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the center of something

"the edge of the leaf is wavy" "she sat on the edge of the bed" "the water's edge"

(... is a kind of limit ) the limits of the area occupied by a city or town

(... is a kind of limit ) the limit on the upper (or northernmost) side of something

(... is a kind of limit ) the limit on the lower (or southernmost) side of something

(... is a kind of limit ) the limit of a nation's territorial waters

Definition 3: as far as something can go - [noun denoting location]

(limit is a kind of ...) the outermost or farthest region or point

(... is a kind of limit ) the point on a curve where the tangent changes from positive on the left to negative on the right

(... is a kind of limit ) the point on a curve where the tangent changes from negative on the left to positive on the right

(... is a kind of limit ) the limits within which something can be effective

"range of motion" "he was beyond the reach of their fire"

Definition 4: the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where limit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for limit in the sense of this definition

(limit is a kind of ...) an estimated quantity

(... is a kind of limit ) the most extreme possible amount or value

"voltage peak"

(... is a kind of limit ) a designated limit beyond which something cannot function or must be terminated

Definition 5: the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity - [noun denoting quantity]

Synonyms for limit in the sense of this definition

(limit is a kind of ...) an estimated quantity

Definition 6: final or latest limiting point - [noun denoting time]

Synonyms for limit in the sense of this definition

(limit is a kind of ...) the point in time at which something ends

"the end of the year" "the ending of warranty period"

Definition 7: restrict or confine within limits - [verb of change]

Samples where limit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I limit you to two visits to the pub a day
  • please confine your questions to the topic
  • our actions are circumscribed by our biology, personality, and by the social and cultural context into which we are born

Synonyms for limit in the sense of this definition

(limit is a kind of ...) make smaller

"He decreased his staff"

(... is a kind of limit ) restrain

"please hold down the noise so that the neighbors can sleep"

(... is a kind of limit ) place a limit on the number of

(... is a kind of limit ) restrict the number or amount of

"We had to cap the number of people we can accept into our club"

(... is a kind of limit ) place restrictions on

"curtail drinking in school"

Definition 8: place limits on (extent or amount or access) - [verb of change]

Samples where limit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for limit in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of limit ) narrow or limit

"reduce the influx of foreigners"

(... is a kind of limit ) restrict (someone or something) so as to make free movement difficult

(... is a kind of limit ) set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something

(... is a kind of limit ) repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)

"The police clamped down on illegal drugs"

(... is a kind of limit ) severely restrict in scope or extent

"tighten the rules" "stiffen the regulations"

(... is a kind of limit ) prevent the progress or free movement of

"He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather" "the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"

(... is a kind of limit ) set boundaries to and delimit

"mark out the territory"

(... is a kind of limit ) reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)

"I draw the line when it comes to lending money to friends!"

(... is a kind of limit ) restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment

(... is a kind of limit ) limit or restrict to

"I am tied to UNIX" "These big jets are tied to large airports"

(... is a kind of limit ) limit in quality or quantity

Definition 9: decide upon or fix definitely - [verb of communication]

Samples where limit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fix the variables
  • specify the parameters

Synonyms for limit in the sense of this definition

(limit is a kind of ...) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

"Take any one of these cards" "Choose a good husband for your daughter" "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"

(... is a kind of limit ) use as a quantifier

(... is a kind of limit ) mention and identify by name

"name your accomplices!"

(... is a kind of limit ) set anew

"They re-set the date on the clock"

(... is a kind of limit ) give a definition for the meaning of a word

"Define `sadness'"

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