1. the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity

    Synonyms : limit point, point of accumulation
    Type Of : indefinite quantity
  2. decide upon or fix definitely

    Synonyms : define, determine, fix, set, specify
    Type Of : pick out, select, take, choose
  3. the greatest possible degree of something

    Synonyms : bound, boundary
    Type Of : extent
    Examples :
    • to the limit of his ability
  4. restrict or confine within limits

    Synonyms : circumscribe, confine to
    Type Of : decrease, lessen, minify
    Examples :
    • I limit you to two visits to the pub a day
  5. place limits on (extent or amount or access)

    Synonyms : bound, confine, restrict, throttle, trammel
    Examples :
    • limit the time you can spend with your friends
  6. the boundary of a specific area

    Synonyms : demarcation, demarcation line
    Type Of : bounds, bound, boundary
  7. final or latest limiting point

    Synonyms : terminal point, terminus ad quem
    Type Of : end, ending
  8. the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed

    Synonyms : limitation
    Type Of : indefinite quantity
    Examples :
    • there are limits on the amount you can bet
    • it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight
  9. as far as something can go

    Type Of : extremity

look out

  1. be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful

    Synonyms : watch, watch out
  2. to protect someone's interests

    Type Of : protect
    Examples :
    • A man's gotta look out for his family


  1. eliminate by paying off (debts)

    Synonyms : pay off
    Type Of : pay, ante up, pay up
  2. get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing

    Synonyms : do in, knock off, neutralise, neutralize, waste
    Type Of : kill
    Examples :
    • The mafia liquidated the informer
  3. convert into cash

    Type Of : cash in, cash
    Examples :
    • I had to liquidate my holdings to pay off my ex-husband
  4. settle the affairs of by determining the debts and applying the assets to pay them off

    Type Of : settle
    Examples :
    • liquidate a company


  1. marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm

    Synonyms : dispirited
    Examples :
    • reacted to the crisis with listless resignation
  2. lacking zest or vivacity

    Examples :
    • he was listless and bored


  1. a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

    Synonyms : ass-kisser, crawler, sycophant, toady
    Type Of : flatterer, adulator
  2. a male servant (especially a footman)

    Synonyms : flunkey, flunky
    Type Of : retainer, servant


  1. a German art song of the 19th century for voice and piano

    Type Of : song, vocal

let down

  1. move something or somebody to a lower position

    Synonyms : bring down, get down, lower, take down
    Type Of : displace, move
  2. fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

    Synonyms : disappoint
    Type Of : baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart


  1. a soft silver-white univalent element of the alkali metal group; the lightest metal known; occurs in several minerals

    Synonyms : atomic number 3, lithium
    Type Of : metallic element, metal
  2. being one more than fifty

    Synonyms : 51, fifty-one
  3. Chinese distance measure; approximately 0.5 kilometers

    Type Of : linear unit, linear measure


  1. someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

    Synonyms : layperson, secular
    Antonyms : clergyman
    Type Of : common man, common person, commoner

lateral thinking

  1. a heuristic for solving problems; you try to look at the problem from many angles instead of tackling it head-on

    Type Of : heuristic, heuristic program, heuristic rule