verb re·strict \ri-ˈstrikt\

: to limit the amount or range of (something)

: to prevent (someone) from doing something

: to allow (someone) to only have or do a particular thing

Full Definition of RESTRICT

transitive verb
:  to confine within bounds :  restrain
:  to place under restrictions as to use or distribution

Origin of RESTRICT

Latin restrictus, past participle of restringere
First Known Use: 1535

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>.
RESTRICT Defined for Kids


verb re·strict \ri-ˈstrikt\

Definition of RESTRICT for Kids

:  to keep within bounds :  set limits to


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