Definition of restrict in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈstrikt/


[with object]
1Put a limit on; keep under control: some roads may have to be closed at peak times to restrict the number of visitors
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  • Efforts to create water user associations in rural areas were limited by laws restricting their right to collect and spend their own money.
  • To what extent do you agree or disagree that governments should be allowed to restrict the the import of goods which they believe may be damaging to the health of the population?
  • A restrictive clause is one which limits, or restricts, the scope of the noun it is referring to.
limit, keep within bounds, regulate, control, moderate, cut down
1.1Deprive (someone or something) of freedom of movement or action: cities can restrict groups of protesters from gathering on a residential street
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  • There were only four main ways off the beach area and flooding would have severely restricted any form of movement, but especially that of vehicles.
  • For example, a new National Forest Code in 1827 restricted the entry of livestock to wooded areas.
  • We share those customary rights with all comers there, and we do not restrict their access.
hinder, interfere with, impede, hamper, obstruct, block, check, curb, shackle
1.2 (restrict someone to) Limit someone to only doing or having (a particular thing) or staying in (a particular place): I shall restrict myself to a single example
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  • Otherwise you'll just have to pump as much as you can into the scheme through voluntary contributions, although scope here is limited as you are restricted to a maximum of 15% of your annual salary.
  • Being independently run, owner Elspeth Hart is not restricted to what drinks she can offer her customers.
  • Because of space, the number of people who can attend a ceremony in Markievicz is restricted to 35.
confine, limit
1.3 (restrict something to) Limit something, especially an activity, to (a particular place, time, or category of people): the zoological gardens were at first restricted to members and their guests
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  • As long as the meter is ticking, users will limit their time online, thus restricting their ability to fully exploit and enjoy what the internet can deliver.
  • To limit the number of variables considered simultaneously, we restricted analyses to the 1304 women who had eaten no fish salad and who had consumed hot meals and open sandwiches with fish with the same frequency.
  • A date limit option is provided to restrict your search to the more recent records.
1.4Withhold (information) from general circulation or disclosure: at first the government tried to restrict news of our involvement in Vietnam
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  • Some privacy advocates argue that certain personal identifiers should be restricted from disclosure, and there are a number of bills pending in Congress to strengthen individual privacy.
  • Even from the perspective of the direct marketer, it is difficult to see how or why restricting information flows ‘reduces’ values.
  • In the rush to secure the nation, government officials have once again looked to restricting access to information as a cure-all.


Mid 16th century: from Latin restrict- 'confined, bound fast', from the verb restringere (see restrain).

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Syllabification: re·strict

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