limit, delimit

limit, delimit
To limit is to restrict, contain, or keep within bounds: "The chairman will limit each speaker to five minutes." "Please limit your expense accounts for the next few weeks." To delimit is to mark off boundaries, to separate by fixing lines: "The Une of demarcation will delimit the fighting areas." "A stone wall delimits my property on the south."

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  • delimit — See limit. See limit, delimit …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • limit — See limit, delimit …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • delimit — 1852, from Fr. délimiter (18c.), from L. delimitare to mark out as a boundary, from DE (Cf. de ) (see DE (Cf. de )) + limitare, from limitem, limes boundary, limit (see LIMIT (Cf. limit)). Related: Delimite …   Etymology dictionary

  • limit — as a verb, has inflected forms limited, limiting. Limit means ‘to put a limit on’, i.e. ‘restrict’, whereas delimit means ‘to determine the boundaries of’, and is used with reference to territories, frontiers, etc …   Modern English usage

  • limit — [n1] greatest extent absolute, bitter end*, border, bottom line*, bound, bourne, breaking point*, brim, brink, cap, ceiling, check, circumscription, conclusion, confinement, confines, curb, cutoff point*, deadline, destination, edge, end, end… …   New thesaurus

  • delimit — see limit …   Modern English usage

  • limit — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Boundary Nouns limit, boundary, bounds, confines; curbstone, term, edge; compass; bourne, verge, pale; termination, terminus, end, terminal, extremity; stint; frontier, precinct, border, marches,… …   English dictionary for students

  • limit — 1. noun 1) the city limits Syn: boundary, border, bound, frontier, edge, demarcation line; perimeter, outside, confine, periphery, margin, rim 2) a limit of 4,500 people Syn …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • limit — Synonyms and related words: Thule, Ultima Thule, abate, accommodation, acme, adjust to, all, alter, apex, apogee, appoint, area, assign, assuage, bar, be into, be strong in, bitter end, border, border line, bottom dollar, bound, boundary,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • delimit — transitive verb Etymology: French délimiter, from Latin delimitare, from de + limitare to limit, from limit , limes boundary, limit Date: 1852 to fix or define the limits of • delimitation noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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