Meaning of “limited” in the English Dictionary

"limited" in British English

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limitedadjective

uk /ˈlɪm.ɪ.tɪd/ us /ˈlɪm.ɪ.t̬ɪd/

B1 small in amount or number:

a limited choice
limited resources

B2 kept within a particular size, range, time, etc.:

Places on the bus are limited to 50 - so book early!
The problem of stress is certainly not limited to people who work (= it exists for others too).

written abbreviation Ltd used in the name of a limited company

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  • My culinary skills are rather limited, I'm afraid !
  • I'm afraid my grasp of economics is rather limited.
  • I only have a limited knowledge of Spanish.
  • Most people only have a limited amount of leisure time.
  • Abortion rates are high because the availability of contraceptives is limited.

(Definition of “limited” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"limited" in American English

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limitedadjective

us /ˈlɪm·ɪ·t̬ɪd/

Limited also means kept within a particular size, range, time, or group:

The advanced course is limited to those who have already taken the introductory course.

(Definition of “limited” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"limited" in Business English

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limitedadjective

uk /ˈlɪmɪtɪd/ us

kept within a particular size or amount:

We have a limited budget so it forces us to be imaginative with advertising.
a limited number/amount A limited number of tickets will be on sale from tomorrow.
limited to sth The other driver's policy was limited to $50,000.

small in amount, number, or degree:

To a limited extent, we control the market because we are the most respected brand.
There is a limited availability of reinsurance cover for pollution cleanup.
We are doing what we can with limited resources.
The selection of jobs on offer is fairly limited.

written abbreviation Ltd. LAW used in the name of a limited company:

Honda Motor Company Limited is a client.

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(Definition of “limited” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)