restricted; restricting; restricts

To restrict is to limit. If you want to eat more healthily, you might restrict, or limit, yourself to eating only foods containing fruits and vegetables –- like carrot cake and apple pie.

You'll often encounter different words related to restrict. A restriction is a law or rule, like the restriction against driving a car without a license. Something that is not permitted is restricted, and this word is often used to designate physical locations that are off limits to the public. You'll often see characters in movies break into restricted areas to obtain secret information.

Definitions of restrict
  1. verb
    place under restrictions; limit access to
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    make free from restrictions
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    declare unavailable, as for security reasons
    declare as sacred and forbidden
    scant, skimp
    limit in quality or quantity
    localise, localize
    restrict something to a particular area
    cause to localize at one point
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    check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  2. verb
    place limits on (extent or access)
    restrict the use of this parking lot”
    synonyms: bound, confine, limit, restrain, throttle, trammel
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    reduce, tighten
    narrow or limit
    limit or restrict to
    restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
    draw a line, draw the line
    reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)
    mark off, mark out
    set boundaries to and delimit
    harness, rein, rule
    keep in check
    baffle, regulate
    check the emission of (sound)
    cramp, halter, hamper, strangle
    prevent the progress or free movement of
    constrain, stiffen, tighten, tighten up
    clamp down, crack down
    repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
    constrict, inhibit
    limit the range or extent of
    constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain
    hold back
    put a bridle on
    keep to the curb
    impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden
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    check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  3. verb
    place restrictions on
    synonyms: curb, curtail, cut back
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    lessen, diminish, or curtail
    immobilise, immobilize
    cause to be unable to move
    paralyse, paralyze
    cause to be paralyzed and immobile
    stun, stupefy
    make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow
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    circumscribe, confine, limit
    restrict or confine
  4. verb
    make more specific
    synonyms: qualify
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    make less severe or harsh or extreme
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