Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To keep or confine within physical limits.
  • transitive verb To prevent or prohibit beyond a certain limit or by restriction: synonym: limit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To prevent (a person or thing) from passing a certain limit in any kind of action; limit; restrain.
  • To attach limitations to (a proposition or conception), so that it shall not apply to all the subjects to which it would otherwise seem to apply: as, a restricted sense of a word.
  • Synonyms Repress, etc. (see restrain), hedge in.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To restrain within bounds; to limit; to confine
  • adjective obsolete Restricted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To restrain within bounds; to limit; to confine; as, to restrict worlds to a particular meaning; to restrict a patient to a certain diet.
  • verb specifically, mathematics To consider (a function) as defined on a subset of its original domain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb place limits on (extent or access)
  • verb make more specific
  • verb place restrictions on
  • verb place under restrictions; limit access to

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin restringere, restrict- : re-, re- + stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin restrictus, perfect passive participle of restringō ("draw back tightly; restrain, restrict"), from re- ("back, again") + stringō ("press, tighten, compress").

Examples

  • It is for this reason that the 14th Amendment contained a penalty for any state that attempted to once again restrict the vote.

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  • It is for this reason that the 14th Amendment contained a penalty for any state that attempted to once again restrict the vote.

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  • Having the confidence to label myself built character, but having the courage not to let that label restrict me took wisdom and insight.

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  • Having the confidence to label myself built character, but having the courage not to let that label restrict me took wisdom and insight.

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  • Global real economy is still falling, and will in the long term restrict the overseas demand.

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  • It does look as though a bias is occuring that will in legal terms restrict things, but hey that can mean nothing except tie the courts up.

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  • Mandatory labels restrict market access for products that do not comply.

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  • Mandatory labels restrict market access for products that do not comply.

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  • I've found that it took time, insight and experience to build the confidence to not let labels restrict me.

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  • If your terms restrict how high they can bid with their sites, someone else's ad will show up on their site in the spot instead.

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  • Cf. restrain

    September 26, 2010