restrict

verb
re·​strict | \ ri-ˈstrikt \
restricted; restricting; restricts

Definition of restrict

transitive verb

1 : to confine within bounds : restrain
2 : to place under restrictions as to use or distribution

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Synonyms & Antonyms for restrict

Synonyms

cap, circumscribe, confine, hold down, limit

Antonyms

exceed

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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

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.
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The goal is to restrict carb consumption to between 20 to 50 grams of carbs per day to trigger ketosis. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "What Is the Keto Diet, Exactly?," 27 Dec. 2018 Note: all of these fares are basic economy, which means you'll be restricted to a carry-on and have to pay extra to select your seat or check a bag. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: U.S. to Europe from $323 Round-Trip," 20 Dec. 2018 The first Snapdragon 835 PCs used Windows 10 in S mode, which restricted users to the Edge browser, shutting out other competitors such as the popular Chrome. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx for PCs aims to overcome the performance gap," 6 Dec. 2018 Some of that data—including phone numbers, email addresses, birth dates, searches, location check-ins, and the types of devices used to access the site—came from private accounts or was supposed to be restricted only to friends. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Here’s how to see if you’re among the 30 million compromised Facebook users," 12 Oct. 2018 There's no reason to believe this process is restricted to our planet. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 But her appearances were greatly pared back, restricted to high profile events like the Trooping the Colour, the RAF Centenary, and Wimbledon. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Is Officially Back on Royal Duty, and Charming the World Again," 2 Oct. 2018 The lawsuit challenges the college's policy of restricting public forums to a small section of campus. Fox News, "Wisconsin student sues college over valentine distribution," 6 Sep. 2018 The Kings signed restricted free agent Zach LaVine to a four-year, $78 million offer sheet Friday night, and the Bulls have 48 hours to match. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls must match Zach LaVine's 4-year, $78M offer sheet from Kings to keep rebuild's momentum," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of restrict

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for restrict

Latin restrictus, past participle of restringere

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The first known use of restrict was in 1535

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More Definitions for restrict

restrict

verb

English Language Learners 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

restrict

verb
re·​strict | \ ri-ˈstrikt \
restricted; restricting

Kids Definition of restrict

: to keep within bounds : set limits to

restrict

transitive verb
re·​strict

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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