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English definition of “limit”

limit

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈlɪmɪt/
B1 the largest amount of something that is possible or allowed: a time limit a legal limit Is there a limit on the amount of money you can claim? There's a limit to how much time we can spend on this.Range and limits
be over the limit UK to have more alcohol in your blood than is legally allowed while drivingRange and limitsDrinking alcohol
within limits avoiding behaviour that is extreme or silly: You can wear what you want, within limits.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impedingRange and limits
off limits If an area is off limits, you are not allowed to enter it: Most of the palace is off limits to the public. → See also speed limitForbidding and banning things
(Definition of limit noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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