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limit

noun uk   /ˈlɪm.ɪt/ us  
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. [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! 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! 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. 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.

limit

verb [T] uk   /ˈlɪm.ɪt/ us  
B2 to control something so that it is not greater than a particular amount, number, or level: I've been asked to limit my speech to ten minutes maximum. Having so little money to spend on an apartment does limit you in your choice.
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