- 1 to limit the size, amount or range of something restrict something to something Speed is restricted to 30 mph in towns. We restrict the number of students per class to 10. restrict something Fog severely restricted visibility. Having small children tends to restrict your freedom.
- 2 restrict something to stop somebody/something from moving or acting freely synonym impede The long skirt restricted her movements.
- 3 restrict something (to somebody) to control something with rules or laws Access to the club is restricted to members only.
- 4restrict yourself/somebody (to something/to doing something) to allow yourself or somebody to have only a limited amount of something or to do only a particular kind of activity I restrict myself to one cup of coffee a day. Why don't you restrict yourself to setting down the facts? Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin restrict-
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BrE BrE//rɪˈstrɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈstrɪkt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they restrict
BrE BrE//rɪˈstrɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈstrɪkt//he / she / it restricts
BrE BrE//rɪˈstrɪkts//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈstrɪkts//past simple restricted
BrE BrE//rɪˈstrɪktɪd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈstrɪktɪd//past participle restricted
BrE BrE//rɪˈstrɪktɪd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈstrɪktɪd//-ing form restricting
BrE BrE//rɪˈstrɪktɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈstrɪktɪŋ//