Meaning of LIMIT in English

n. & v.


1. a point, line, or level beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass.

2 (often in pl.) the boundary of an area.

3 the greatest or smallest amount permissible or possible (upper limit; lower limit).

4 Math. a quantity which a function or sum of a series can be made to approach as closely as desired. (limited, limiting)

1. set or serve as a limit to.

2 (foll. by to) restrict.

Phrases and idioms:

be the limit colloq. be intolerable or extremely irritating. off limits US out of bounds. within limits moderately; with some degree of freedom. without limit with no restriction.


limitable adj. limitative adj. limiter n.

Etymology: ME f. L limes limitis boundary, frontier

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.