Definition of restrict verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    restrict

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2  restrict something to stop somebody/something from moving or acting freely synonym impede The long skirt restricted her movements.
  3. 3  restrict something (to somebody) to control something with rules or laws Access to the club is restricted to members only.
  4. 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?
  5. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin restrict- ‘confined, bound fast’, from the verb restringere, from re- ‘back’ + stringere ‘to tie, pull tight’.Extra examples They tried to improve traffic congestion by restricting entry to the city. Why don’t you restrict yourself to setting down the facts? He needs to restrict his intake of red meat. I’m restricting myself to one glass of wine a day. The authors largely restrict their attention to three issues. The government is considering new laws which will further restrict people’s access to firearms. attempts to restrict the sale of alcohol He introduced new laws to restrict immigration. In Britain speed is restricted to 30 mph in towns. We restrict the number of students per class to ten.
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