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.
Recent Examples on the Web Including employee stock options and restricted share units, Affirm would have a valuation of more than $11 billion, the filing showed. Katie Roof, Fortune, "Online lender Affirm to be valued as high as $9.2 billion in planned IPO," 5 Jan. 2021 Allison, a restricted free agent, was reportedly looking for $6 million a year, not the $4.2 million the Bruins were offering. Matt Porter,, "The next to wear the “C” for Bruins: Patrice Bergeron the A+ choice," 2 Jan. 2021 The Spurs face a Monday deadline to reach a contract extension with guard Derrick White, who will otherwise become a restricted free agent after the season., "Express Briefing: SpaceX Starship chasers converge in South Texas," 21 Dec. 2020 The Bulls let another piece of that trade, Kris Dunn, walk as a restricted free agent this offseason. Jamal Collier,, "Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls fail to reach a contract extension before the deadline — setting up a ‘prove it’ year for 4th-year forward," 21 Dec. 2020 Kuzma, 25, would become a restricted free agent this summer if a deal isn’t signed by Monday’s deadline. Chronicle News Services,, "Lakers’ 3-year deal ‘good for Kuzma’," 20 Dec. 2020 Edwards, who will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, still hasn’t become a fixture in the passing game, with just four catches on eight targets. Daniel Oyefusi,, "Ravens running back Gus Edwards is switching gears for offense in late-season push: ‘I think I can do it all’," 20 Dec. 2020 Collins could decline the qualifying offer and become a restricted free agent, which means that the Blazers could match any offer Collins might receive from another team. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers’ Zach Collins won’t receive contract extension by Monday’s deadline: Report," 19 Dec. 2020 The Wolves secured depth at point guard Thursday night with restricted free agent Jordan McLaughlin agreeing to sign a two-way contract with the team, a source said. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Jordan McLaughlin agrees to two-way contract with Timberwolves," 17 Dec. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Restricted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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