restrict

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verb re·strict \ri-ˈstrikt\

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 in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of restrict

Latin restrictus, past participle of restringere

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

RESTRICT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of restrict for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

restrict

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verb re·strict \ri-ˈstrikt\

Definition of restrict for Students

restricted

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restricting

  1. :  to keep within bounds :  set limits to


Law Dictionary

restrict

transitive verb re·strict

Legal Definition of restrict

  1. 1 :  to subject to bounds or limits restrict the height of buildings restrict visitation rights

  2. 2 :  to place under restrictions as to use or distribution restricted the land to recreational use



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