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Main Entry: 2limit
Function: verb
: to set limits to : keep within limits <limit expenses> <management reserves the right to limit quantities> <an adjective limits the meaning of a noun>
synonyms LIMIT, RESTRICT, CIRCUMSCRIBE, CONFINE mean to set boundaries for. LIMIT implies setting a point or line (as in time, space, or speed) beyond which something cannot or is not permitted to go <visits are limited to 30 minutes>. RESTRICT suggests a narrowing or restraining within or as if within an encircling boundary <laws intended to restrict the freedom of the press>. CIRCUMSCRIBE stresses a restriction on all sides and by clearly defined boundaries <the authority of the investigating committee was carefully circumscribed>. CONFINE suggests severe restraint and a resulting cramping or hampering <our options were confined by our modest income>.

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