ltd meaning

  "ltd" in a sentence
abbrev
  (used at the end of the names of limited liability companies) limited

[Business]
AmE spelling Ltd.) abbr (only used in written English)

limited, used after the names of particular types of companies in some countries:

Oxford Cameras Ltd

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Company abbreviations

Abbreviations like Ltd or Corp. often appear after the names of businesses. They are usually required by law and tell you something about the type of company that has been established.

IN THE UK

Ltd (= limited) a company that is owned by a small number of people, often members of a family, and can be run by a single person

plc (= public limited company) a large company that can sell its shares to the public and has a board of directors

IN THE US

Corp. (= corporation); Co. (= company); Inc. (= incorporated) These abbreviations indicate that a business is a company but give no information about its size, number of shareholders or management.

LLC (= limited liability company) a company owned by a group of people who usually also run the business

OTHER COUNTRIES

AG in Germany, a large company that can sell shares to the public and is run by a group of managers

GmbH in Germany, a company with one or a number of shareholders. It cannot sell shares to the public.

Pty (= proprietary) used in Australia and South Africa for companies that are owned by a small number of people

SA in France and Spain, a large company that can sell shares to the public and is run by a board of directors

SARL in France, a company with a small number of shareholders

SpA in Italy, a company with one or a number of shareholders. It can sell shares to the public and is run by a board of directors or group of managers

See note at CORPORATION


[Defence]
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[Economics]
The usual abbreviation for limited. This (or the Welsh equivalent) must appear in the name of a private limited company.

Compare:

plc.

Examples

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  1. dalian friday avenue commercial service co ., ltd
  2. registration fees of 52 . 50 payable to rtrc asia pte ltd
  3. us california ind . macau ltd macau authorized dealer
  4. shanghai baomi industry co ., ltd newly-built plant
  5. western harbour tunnel co . ltd . administration building

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