tr.v. re·strict·ed, re·strict·ing, re·stricts
1. To keep or confine within physical limits: The inmates are restricted to their cells for 23 hours each day. Food consumption is restricted to the cafeteria.
2. To prevent or prohibit beyond a certain limit or by restriction: The law restricts the use of pesticides. The program restricts unauthorized users from accessing the data. See Synonyms at limit.
[Latin restringere, restrict- : re-, re- + stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
re·strictor, re·stricter n.
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