restrict

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.

Primary Meanings of restrict

1.
v
place under restrictions; limit access to
2.
v
make more specific
Full Definitions of restrict
1

v place under restrictions; limit access to

Antonyms:
derestrict
make free from restrictions
Types:
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classify
declare unavailable, as for security reasons
taboo
declare as sacred and forbidden
scant, skimp
limit in quality or quantity
localise, localize
restrict something to a particular area
draw
cause to localize at one point
Type of:
check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

v 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
tie
limit or restrict to
gate
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
restrict
clamp down, crack down
repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
inhibit
limit the range or extent of
constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain
hold back
bridle
put a bridle on
curb
keep to the curb
clog
impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden
Type of:
check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

v place restrictions on

Synonyms:
curb, curtail, cut back
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abridge
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
Type of:
circumscribe, confine, limit
restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
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v make more specific

Synonyms:
qualify
Type of:
modify
make less severe or harsh or extreme

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