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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 Indo-European roots.]

re·stric′tor, re·strict′er n.
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Adj.1.restricting - restricting the scope or freedom of action
restrictive - serving to restrict; "teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments"
References in classic literature ?
At that time in the morning any Christian would have washed his face; but Queequeg, to my amazement, contented himself with restricting his ablutions to his chest, arms, and hands.
The Lowood constraint still clings to you somewhat; controlling your features, muffling your voice, and restricting your limbs; and you fear in the presence of a man and a brother--or father, or master, or what you will--to smile too gaily, speak too freely, or move too quickly: but, in time, I think you will learn to be natural with me, as I find it impossible to be conventional with you; and then your looks and movements will have more vivacity and variety than they dare offer now.
But I had no intention on that account of attempting to master all the particular sciences commonly denominated mathematics: but observing that, however different their objects, they all agree in considering only the various relations or proportions subsisting among those objects, I thought it best for my purpose to consider these proportions in the most general form possible, without referring them to any objects in particular, except such as would most facilitate the knowledge of them, and without by any means restricting them to these, that afterwards I might thus be the better able to apply them to every other class of objects to which they are legitimately applicable.
For the present, it is true, we were reduced to the narrow income of the curacy; but my father seemed to think there was no necessity for scrupulously restricting our expenditure to that; so, with a standing bill at Mr.
But there was never a chance, never a moment, when he might run free of a cage about him, of the walls of a room restricting him, of a chain shackled to the collar about his throat.
The New York Legislature passed a law restricting work in bakeries to ten hours a day.
The evil blazes up like a fire; and they will not extinguish it, either by restricting a man's use of his own property, or by another remedy:
The university's decision arose out of "research that indicates that restricting the means to taking one's life--such as restricting access to roofs and balconies--reduces suicide rates," Beckman says.
The plan had been in the works for two decades and was strongly supported by community members who wanted to protect their mountain views by restricting development.