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

  • transitive v. To keep or confine within limits. See Synonyms at limit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Restricted.
  • transitive v. To restrain within bounds; to limit; to confine

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


Latin restringere, restrict- : re-, re- + stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin restrictus, perfect passive participle of restringō ("draw back tightly; restrain, restrict"), from re- ("back, again") + stringō ("press, tighten, compress"). (Wiktionary)



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