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limit to

1. To ensure something remains restricted to some specific thing, such as a topic or subject. A noun or pronoun is used between "limit" and "to." Please limit your questions to the international summit—no other topics will be discussed by the president today. I understand the direction you're trying to take, but I really think you should limit your dissertation to the Middle Ages.
2. To restrict or constrain something to a set or limited amount or number of something. A noun or pronoun is used between "limit" and "to." Try to limit your performance to two minutes, or else we won't be able to fit everyone in the show. I have to limit our expenditures to $500 for the whole time we're in Prague.
3. To restrict or constrain someone or oneself to a set or limited amount or number of something. A noun or pronoun is used between "limit" and "to." I'm starting off by limiting myself to 10 cigarettes a day, and then I'll start lowering that as I go along. The bank has limited us to $800 daily withdrawals until our credit rating improves.
4. To force someone or oneself to remain within a certain limited area. A noun or pronoun is used between "limit" and "to." Often used in passive constructions. Because of zoning regulations, planners were limited to an area no less than 3,000 feet away from any public roads to build the processing plant. The school limited us to a tiny area on the outskirts of the football field to hold our practices.
5. To restrict someone or oneself to focus on a specific topic, subject, idea, etc. A noun or pronoun is used between "limit" and "to." Often used in passive constructions. I just don't think you should limit yourself to math—why not try studying some other subjects? The boss limited us to discussing our previous product during the conference, keeping our current project under wraps.
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limit someone to something

1. to restrict someone to a certain amount or number of something. I will have to limit you to two helpings of mashed potatoes. I limit myself to cola drinks only.
2. to restrict someone to a certain area. Please try to limit your children to your own yard. They limited themselves to the north side of town.
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limit something to something

to restrict something to a limited set, a certain amount, or a specific number of something. Please limit your comments to five minutes. Can you limit your remarks to the subject at hand?
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References in classic literature ?
If the process be a fact; if things have BECOME what they are, then, he contends, we may describe no limit to man's aspirations.
But the chief reason for not carrying out his intention to enter the army lay in the vague idea that he was L'russe Besuhof who had the number of the beast, 666; that his part in the great affair of setting a limit to the power of the beast that spoke great and blasphemous things had been predestined from eternity, and that therefore he ought not to undertake anything, but wait for what was bound to come to pass.
The amendment would basically raise the conforming loan limit to either the median price for a metro area or 150 percent of what the limit is, whichever is lower.
382 limit to reflect RBIGs that arise during the recognition period.
It is wise to build a 25% cushion into the single-job limit to make sure this limit is sufficient.
The Tax Reform Act of 1986 extended this limit to all retirement plans effective in 1989.
Congress, seeking ways to increase tax revenues, lowered the limit to $150,000 in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993.
Street segments on Broadway from San Fernando Road to Wilson Avenue would increase 10 mph to 35 mph as well as on Chevy Chase Drive from the western city limit to Glenoaks Boulevard.
Boat limits could allow anglers who had reached their limit to continue fishing and release their catch or hand their rod to an angler who had not limited out.
A partial solution might be to index the $75,000 limit to a cost-of-living adjustment.
As a result, cities are under increasing pressure to conform the posted speed limit to the 85th percentile speed.
Holden wants to extend the limit to a maximum of four terms, noting that he has been elected to four terms on the council.