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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Spatially restricted yet ideologically free-ranging, this thoroughly absorbing documentary, shot mainly inside the apartment, details the family’s rich history within the fluctuating fortunes of Serbian democracy. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Other Side of Everything,’ a Belgrade Apartment Symbolizes Upheaval," 12 July 2018 In a move that keeps Orlando’s young nucleus together, the team re-signed restricted free agent forward Aaron Gordon to a four-year contract worth a total of $76 million in base salary. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic likely done adding through free agency this summer, Weltman says," 10 July 2018 Under an amendment to the budget, the city's safe neighborhoods director must provide its first financial report to the council by Oct. 20 or the agency will see its funding restricted. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "See what Metro Council changed in Mayor Greg Fischer's budget plan," 27 June 2018 By mid-2017 banks restricted withdrawals to the equivalent of a dollar a day. The Economist, "Venezuelan cash is almost worthless, but also scarce," 12 July 2018 State security assigned guards around-the-clock outside Liu's Beijing home and restricted her access to the internet and the outside world, allowing her only occasional phone calls with a small circle of friends. NBC News, "Liu Xia, widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, leaves China," 10 July 2018 The new rules also restrict working conditions that can be bargained over. Lisa Rein, Anchorage Daily News, "New curbs on federal unions begin to take effect," 9 July 2018 Parents and caregivers should restrict Fortnite—perhaps allowing only 30 minutes a day, one or two days a week, or even eliminating its use entirely if the situation calls for it. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Fortnite Is Poised to Rule the Summer. Are Parents Prepared?," 5 July 2018 Smaller cities in California, including Malibu and San Luis Obispo, have restricted the use of plastic straws. CBS News, "Seattle becomes first U.S. city to ban plastic utensils and straws," 2 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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