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English definition of “limit”

limit

noun     /ˈlɪm.ɪt/
B1 [C] the greatest amount , number , or level of something that is either possible or allowed : Is there a limit on the amount of money you can claim ? I think we ought to put a strict limit on the amount of time we can spend on the project . There's a limit to the number of times I can stop what I'm doing just so I can help him! We set a time limit of 30 minutes for the test .Maximum and minimum [U] informal the amount of something that is enough and not too much: Three cocktails are my limit. I won't have any more - I know my limit!Range and limits the limit old-fashioned informal something that is very annoying or not convenient : And now you're cutting your toenails in bed ! - That really is the limit!Annoying the largest amount of alcohol that is legally allowed to be present in the blood while a person is driving a vehicle : She was definitely driving over the limit.Drinking alcohol limits [plural] limit: I'd like to play squash , but I'm 60 and I know my limits. His genius knows no limits. The pay rise was in excess of spending limits imposed /set by the government .Range and limits
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