- 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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- (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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