Simple Definition of restrict
: to limit the amount or range of (something)
: to prevent (someone) from doing something
: to allow (someone) to only have or do a particular thing
Examples of restrict in a sentence
Her eye problem restricts her reading.
She was told to restrict the amount of salt she uses.
The new law restricts smoking in public places.
They have accused the government of trying to restrict free speech.
They say the government is trying to restrict them from speaking out.
Origin of restrict
Latin restrictus, past participle of restringere
First Known Use: 1535
Synonym Discussion of restrict
RESTRICT Defined for Kids
Definition of restrict for Students
: to keep within bounds : set limits to
Legal Definition of restrict
1 : to subject to bounds or limits <restrict the height of buildings> <restrict visitation rights>
2 : to place under restrictions as to use or distribution <restricted the land to recreational use>
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