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verb (used with object)
  1. to confine or keep within limits, as of space, action, choice, intensity, or quantity.
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Origin of restrict

1525–35; < Latin restrictus drawn back, tightened, bound, reserved, orig. past participle of restringere to restrain, equivalent to re- re- + strictus strict
Related formsre·strict·er, re·stric·tor, nounde·re·strict, verb (used with object)non·re·strict·ing, adjectiveo·ver·re·strict, verb (used with object)pre·re·strict, verb (used with object)

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Related Words for restrict

inhibit, narrow, decrease, shorten, reduce, restrain, impede, diminish, curb, regulate, hamper, define, cramp, chain, bound, enclose, surround, circumscribe, tether, check

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  1. (often foll by to) to confine or keep within certain often specified limits or selected boundsto restrict one's drinking to the evening
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Word Origin for restrict

C16: from Latin rēstrictus bound up, from rēstringere; see restrain
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Word Origin and History for restrict


1530s, from Latin restrictus, past participle of restringere (see restriction). Regarded 18c. as a Scottishism. Related: Restricted; restricting.

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