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restrict

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verb re·strict \ri-ˈstrikt\

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

Full Definition of restrict

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to confine within bounds :  restrain

  3. 2 :  to place under restrictions as to use or distribution

Examples of restrict

  1. Her eye problem restricts her reading.

  2. She was told to restrict the amount of salt she uses.

  3. The new law restricts smoking in public places.

  4. They have accused the government of trying to restrict free speech.

  5. 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

limit, restrict, circumscribe, confine mean to set bounds for. limit implies setting a point or line (as in time, space, speed, or degree) beyond which something cannot or is not permitted to go <visits are limited to 30 minutes>. restrict suggests a narrowing or tightening or restraining within or as if within an encircling boundary <laws intended to restrict the freedom of the press>. circumscribe stresses a restriction on all sides and by clearly defined boundaries <the work of the investigating committee was carefully circumscribed>. confine suggests severe restraint and a resulting cramping, fettering, or hampering <our choices were confined by finances>.


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