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restrict

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of restrict

  1. to set bounds or an upper limit for will restrict access to the laboratory Synonyms of restrict cap, circumscribe, confine, hold down, limitWords Related to restrict bar, block, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct; constrict, contract, lessen, narrow, pinch, squeeze, tighten; quell, repress, suppress; number; modify, qualifyNear Antonyms of restrict broaden, expand, widen; overextend, overreachAntonyms of restrict exceed

Synonym Discussion of restrict

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


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