verb \ri-ˈstrikt\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to confine within bounds :  restrain
:  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


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