- to confine or keep within limits, as of space, action, choice, intensity, or quantity.
Origin of restrict
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curb, circumscribe, abridge, restrain.
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Examples from the Web for restrict
Republicans have a host of other pet bills to restrict abortion access in the context of the new health-care legislation.GOP Senate Can't Resist a ‘War on Women’
November 11, 2014
Except Walker very explicitly wants to restrict those options.Women Voters Haunted by the GOP's Tricks
October 31, 2014
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Democrats want to expand the electorate, and Republicans want to restrict it.Rand Paul Is the New Compassionate Conservative
July 23, 2014
No laws or executive orders should be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.Fringe Factor: Texas GOP Backs Ex-Gay Therapy
June 8, 2014
Restrict yourself to a pint of claret, and that of the lightest, for the future.
The lines that follow seem to restrict it here to the latter sense.Y Gododin
If I find you abuse the privilege, I shall have to restrict you.Rollo in Paris
Steps have already been taken to restrict the imports of luxuries.
And we shall, further, have to restrict ourselves in the main to our exports.Up To Date Business
- (often foll by to) to confine or keep within certain often specified limits or selected boundsto restrict one's drinking to the evening
C16: from Latin rēstrictus bound up, from rēstringere; see restrain
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Word Origin and History for restrict
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