[ ri-strik-tid ]
/ rɪˈstrɪk tɪd /


confined; limited.
(of information, a document, etc.)
  1. bearing the classification restricted, usually the lowest level of classified information.
  2. limited to persons authorized to use information, documents, etc., so classified.Compare classification(def 5).
limited to or admitting only members of a particular group or class: a restricted neighborhood; a restricted hotel.

Origin of restricted

First recorded in 1820–30; restrict + -ed2


Definition for restricted (2 of 2)

[ ri-strikt ]
/ rɪˈstrɪkt /

verb (used with object)

to confine or keep within limits, as of space, action, choice, intensity, or quantity.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM restrict Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for restricted (1 of 2)

/ (rɪˈstrɪktɪd) /


limited or confined
not accessible to the general public or (esp US) out of bounds to military personnel
British denoting or in a zone in which a speed limit or waiting restrictions for vehicles apply

Derived forms of restricted

restrictedly, adverbrestrictedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for restricted (2 of 2)

/ (rɪˈstrɪkt) /


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

Word Origin for restrict

C16: from Latin rēstrictus bound up, from rēstringere; see restrain
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