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[ lim-i-tid ]

/ ˈlɪm ɪ tɪd /

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confined within limits; restricted or circumscribed: a limited space; limited resources.

Government. restricted with reference to governing powers by limitations prescribed in laws and in a constitution, as in limited monarchy; limited government.

characterized by an inability to think imaginatively or independently; lacking originality or scope; narrow: a rather limited intelligence.

Chiefly British.

  1. responsible for the debts of a company only to a specified amount proportionate to the percentage of stock held.
  2. (of a business firm) owned by stockholders, each having a restricted liability for the companys debts.
  3. (usually initial capital letter) incorporated; Inc. Abbreviation: Ltd.

(of railroad trains, buses, etc.) making only a limited number of stops en route.


a limited train, bus, etc.



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Origin of limited

First recorded in 1545–55; limit + -ed2


lim·it·ed·ly, adverblim·it·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use limited in a sentence

  • People will be allowed to leave their homes only for work, to shop for essential supplies, for care or caregiving, and for limited exercise, and schools will be closed to in-person learning Monday through Wednesday.

  • The limited vaccine supply provokes even more anxiety because people are trying to get their hands on a very rare commodity.

  • It was always on our radar that we had an opportunity to help people connect, because physical contact was so limited.

  • The company also hopes the limited reopening of California Adventure in March could provide a boost.

  • Because the lyrics feature is only a test, you may not see it yourself in the Spotify app, due to its limited availability.

  • But those weapons are of limited utility, especially during close-in fights.

  • In addition, foreign films were limited by a system of licensure to a third of the number of domestic films.

  • When they invade new territory, populations are low, and the queen has limited mate options.

  • And, of course, it recommends keeping screen time limited, so as not to supplant other, real-world play and exploration.

  • As with much of this investigation our information is somewhat limited.

  • We see the whole land, even if but at a distance, instead of being limited merely to the spot where our foot treads.

  • It is ordinarily considered that the range of the speaking voice is very limited as compared with the singers range.

  • And could it not be extended from its present limited range until it reached practically the whole adolescent community?

  • Though the average speaker is generally limited by one type of voice, which he varies somewhat, it is not often disguised.

  • Will this position be permanent or will its duration be limited practically to the period of the war?

British Dictionary definitions for limited


having a limit; restricted; confined

without fullness or scope; narrow

(of governing powers, sovereignty, etc) restricted or checked, by or as if by a constitution, laws, or an assemblylimited government

US and Canadian (of a train) stopping only at certain stations and having only a set number of cars for passengers

mainly British (of a business enterprise) owned by shareholders whose liability for the enterprises debts is restricted


US and Canadian a limited train, bus, etc

Derived forms of limited

limitedly, adverblimitedness, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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