A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
1. (to concentrate on; used with "a")
a. to limit oneself to
¿Por qué limitarte a los destinos frecuentados por todos?Why limit yourself to the destinations everyone goes to?
b. to restrict oneself to
No tienes que limitarte a los colores oscuros.You don't need to restrict yourself to dark colors.
c. to confine oneself to
De momento Amalia tendrá que limitarse a tomar comidas blandas.Amalia will have to confine herself to eating bland food for the moment.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Yo me limito a hacer lo que me mandan.I just do as I am told.
Limítate a mirar y no digas nada por el momento.Just watch and don't say anything for a moment.
2. (to place limits on; used with "en")
a. to keep in check
Tendré que limitarme en mis compras navideñas este año.I'll have to keep my Christmas shopping in check this year.
b. to cut back on
El escritor empezó a limitarse en su consumo de cafeína.The writer started cutting back on his caffeine consumption.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
3. (to set limits to)
a. to limit
Mi jefe dice que quiere limitar nuestras llamadas personales a las imprescindibles.My boss says he wants to limit our personal phone calls to those that are absolutely essential.
b. to restrict
El doctor me limitó el consumo de azúcares.The doctor has restricted the amount of sugar I can consume.
4. (to curb)
a. to limit
Limitaron las visitas a los prisioneros.Visits to prisoners have been limited.
b. to reduce
Van a limitar el número de becas este año.They're going to reduce the number of scholarships this year.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (to adjoin: used with "con")
a. to share a border with
México limita al norte con los Estados Unidos.Mexico shares a border with the United States to the north.
b. to border
Francia limita al sur con España.France borders Spain to the south.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (restringir)
a. to limit, to restrict
han limitado la velocidad máxima a cuarenta por horathey've restricted the speed limit to forty kilometers an hour
este sueldo tan bajo me limita muchoI can't do very much on such a low salary
2. (terreno)
a. to mark out
3. (atribuciones, derechos)
a. to set out, to define
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (general)
a. to border
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
5. (general)
limitarse ato limit oneself to
me limitaré a enumerar los puntos principalesI will restrict myself to a description of the main points
se limitó a recordarnos nuestros derechoshe merely o just reminded us of our rights
limítate a ayudarjust concentrate on helping
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transitive verb
(restringir) to limit; restrict
nos han limitado el número de visitas they have limited o restricted the number of visits we can have; limitaron el tiempo del examen a dos horas the exam time was limited to two hours; hay que limitar el consumo de alcohol entre los adolescentes alcohol consumption among young people should be restricted
intransitive verb
limitar con to border on; España limita al norte con Francia Spain borders on France to the north
pronominal verb
limitarse a hacer algo to limit o confine o.s. to doing sth; no nos limitemos a tratar los aspectos económicos let's not limit o confine ourselves to the economic aspects; me he limitado a corregir unos cuantos errores all I've done is correct a few mistakes; I've just corrected a few mistakes, that's all; tú limítate a escuchar just be quiet and listen
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