re·​strict·​ed ri-ˈstrik-təd How to pronounce restricted (audio)
: subject or subjected to restriction: such as
: not general : limited
the decision had a restricted effect
: available to the use of particular groups or specifically excluding others
a restricted country club
: not intended for general circulation or release
a restricted document
restrictedly adverb

Examples of restricted in a Sentence

He is on a severely restricted diet. You have entered a restricted area.
Recent Examples on the Web Yetman was charged with an array of felony offenses, including assaulting officers, obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder, entering a restricted area and engaging in physical violence. Christine Sloan, CBS News, 10 Nov. 2023 The Michigan Republican eventually pleaded down to one misdemeanor count of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds. Ashley Oliver, Washington Examiner, 17 Oct. 2023 He was also seen on Jan. 6 pointing others toward the building and then entering a restricted area of the Capitol grounds. Alan Feuer,, 19 Sep. 2023 In 2011, Williams used it together with a raft of other techniques to prove that a certain restricted model of computation couldn’t solve some extraordinarily hard problems—a result that had eluded researchers for 25 years. WIRED, 29 Oct. 2023 Oliver went into a restricted area and was chased by security. Adam England, Peoplemag, 22 Oct. 2023 The company says anyone can drive it in a restricted mode that limits the speed to 35 miles per hour, but only those with a Class M motorcycle license can unlock the max speed. Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 12 Oct. 2023 An additional eight officers and one sergeant are on restricted duty, according to a department spokesperson. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 Karen Perry, chief fiscal officer for the Department of Public Safety, said in a letter dated Aug. 30 to Hudson the $3.2 million in restricted reserve funds requested by the Division of State Police will allow the division to purchase motor vehicles. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 16 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of restricted was circa 1550

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Cite this Entry

“Restricted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: being or placed under limits or restrictions
a restricted outlook
a restricted area

Legal Definition


: subject or subjected to restriction
a restricted area
restricted use

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