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[ri-strikt] /rɪˈstrɪkt/
verb (used with object)
to confine or keep within limits, as of space, action, choice, intensity, or quantity.
Origin of restrict
1525-35; < Latin restrictus drawn back, tightened, bound, reserved, orig. past participle of restringere to restrain, equivalent to re- re- + strictus strict
Related forms
restricter, restrictor, noun
derestrict, verb (used with object)
nonrestricting, adjective
overrestrict, verb (used with object)
prerestrict, verb (used with object)
curb, circumscribe, abridge, restrain.
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Examples from the web for restrict
  • The new measures also restrict the ability of foreign students to bring family members into the country with them.
  • Laws that limit the liberties of the general population do not usually restrict the activities of the lawless.
  • And the ability to restrict information is worse than a license to commit fraud, it is worse than terrorism.
  • But now there is a way for consumers to restrict telephone access themselves from their homes.
  • Build a better search engine, rather than restrict the availability of the information.
  • The central bank has taken a number of measures this year to restrict credit.
  • Schemes to restrict the area to foot traffic worry planners who fear the famous crossroads could lose its creative energy.
  • They restrict legal gun ownership but there's a lot of illegal gun owners.
  • Pruned any time to remove tangled or weak stems or to restrict size.
  • It has laws that restrict deforestation in the rest.
British Dictionary definitions for restrict


(often foll by to) to confine or keep within certain often specified limits or selected bounds: to restrict one's drinking to the evening
Word Origin
C16: from Latin rēstrictus bound up, from rēstringere; see restrain
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Word Origin and History for restrict

1530s, from Latin restrictus, past participle of restringere (see restriction). Regarded 18c. as a Scottishism. Related: Restricted; restricting.

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