re·​strict·​ed | \ ri-ˈstrik-təd How to pronounce restricted (audio) \

Definition of restricted

: subject or subjected to restriction: such as
a : not general : limited the decision had a restricted effect
b : available to the use of particular groups or specifically excluding others a restricted country club
c : not intended for general circulation or release a restricted document

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Other Words from restricted

restrictedly adverb

Examples of restricted in a Sentence

He is on a severely restricted diet. You have entered a restricted area.

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Here is a look at all of the team’s unrestricted free agents as well as a list of restricted and exclusive-rights free agents. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Which Seahawks free agents might stay and which might go as Seattle enters the offseason?," 6 Jan. 2019 After a full month of wearing only a very restricted color palette of blush, beige, and white to official royal events, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped off the plane in Dublin on Tuesday sporting a rich forest green. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Like Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, Meghan Markle Sends Subtle Diplomatic Messages With Her Clothes," 12 July 2018 The market decline also could lead to fewer earnings-boosting tax benefits for technology companies that use stock options or restricted shares to pay their employees. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "Stock Selloff Could Hit Berkshire Hathaway in More Ways Than One," 5 Jan. 2019 And Bewkes' 2017 package included restricted stock units received as part of a retention program. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes' Pay Rises to $49 Million in 2017," 27 Apr. 2018 Both Boe and Hope have irritable bowel disease and are on restricted diets. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "4 Holistic Vets Reveal Exactly What They Feed Their Dogs," 5 Apr. 2017 The subjects here felt more balanced and less deprived, which kept them going longer on a restricted calorie diet. Aarti Sanan, Redbook, "Wedding Dress Challenge Update: Chocolate Cake for Breakfast?!," 28 Feb. 2012 The person said the letter described a scene in which a uniformed border agent observed a group of between 10 and 12 people walking in a restricted area in the United States near the Tornillo detention facility. New York Times, "Federal Officials Claim de Blasio Crossed Border Illegally," 11 July 2018 Four shipping containers holding the wreckage were buried in a private ceremony on June 21 in a restricted area accessible only to loved ones of the victims, the Flight 93 National Memorial said in a statement Monday. Fox News, "Remaining wreckage of Flight 93 is buried at memorial," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of restricted

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of restricted was circa 1550

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English Language Learners Definition of restricted

: having a set limit
: having definite rules about what or who is allowed and not allowed
: allowing use or entry by only certain people



Legal Definition of restricted

: subject or subjected to restriction a restricted area restricted use

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