re·​strict | \ ri-ˈstrikt How to pronounce restrict (audio) \
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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The move, which Verra said takes effect immediately, would restrict the ability of crypto project developers to piggyback on the rapid growth of the voluntary carbon market. Dieter Holger, WSJ, 25 May 2022 Although its 29 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats is on par with competitors such as the X3, the fast-falling roofline and rounded rear profile restrict the ability to accommodate bulky items. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 20 May 2022 Decision to restrict wheat exports taken with focus on India’s food security, ensuring affordable foodgrains & to combat market speculation. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 16 May 2022 The circumstances leading to the decision to restrict coverage of Aduhelm were unique. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Half of the scientific advisory board members for the Alliance for Aging Research resigned after learning the organization had lobbied against a Medicare proposal to restrict coverage of the medication. Nicholas Florko, STAT, 19 Apr. 2022 Medicare finalized its decision to restrict its coverage of Aduhelm, Biogen’s new Alzheimer’s disease drug, on April 8, 2022. Andrew Williams, The Conversation, 14 Apr. 2022 January proposal to restrict coverage only to people enrolled in clinical trials. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 13 Mar. 2022 Along with limiting oil supply, Team Biden is also cheering efforts to restrict demand. James Freeman, WSJ, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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“Restrict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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re·​strict | \ ri-ˈstrikt How to pronounce restrict (audio) \
restricted; restricting

Kids Definition of restrict

: to keep within bounds : set limits to


transitive verb

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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