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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Special discussion on the last year for the restricted application. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 9 Sep. 2019 The deal will prevent Davis, 27, from becoming a restricted free agent next offseason, and should provide the former University of Idaho standout, who has never earned more than $600,000 a season, some financial security. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins sign O-lineman Jesse Davis to a three-year, $15 million extension," 7 Sep. 2019 The Cowboys have reached a five year, $64 million extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith who was set to become a restricted free agent after this season, team executive Stephon Jones said. Charlotte Carroll,, "Cowboys Reach Five-Year, $64 Million Extension With Jaylon Smith," 20 Aug. 2019 On Monday, Waltner filed a restricted application for spousal benefits. Kathleen Pender,, "How to get extra Social Security benefits if you’re married and of a certain age," 17 Aug. 2019 Plus, if a scooter is moving at 15mph into a no-ride zone, the scooter may not realize and slow down until a rider is deep into a restricted area. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Scooters are a huge problem for cities. No one knows how to solve it yet," 30 Aug. 2019 After the war, in 1946, Königsberg fell under Soviet rule and was renamed Kaliningrad; by 1948 all remaining German citizens had been expelled, and the region became a restricted military area. C.g. | Berlin And Kaliningrad, The Economist, "Commemorating the devastation of Königsberg," 29 Aug. 2019 In a letter to Lime, dated Aug. 16, city officials accused the company of repeatedly allowing scooters to operate in restricted areas above the speed limit. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego threatens to boot Lime, scooter company says city isn’t playing fair," 20 Aug. 2019 Owner Mark Davis made his way to the restricted area and spent between 10 and 15 minutes there before re-emerging to watch practice. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ Gabe Jackson out approximately two months with MCL injury," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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