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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"
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References in classic literature ?
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.
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 Horseracing Bettors Forum recently claimed as the result of a survey that bookmakers banning and restricting customers is a serious problem (Racing Post, June 15), with up to 20,000 punters having their accounts closed in the six months up to April and many more having them restricted.
Researchers at Genesis Prevention Centre at University Hospital in South Manchester, England, found that restricting carbohydrates two days per week may be a better dietary approach than a standard, daily calorie-restricted diet for preventing breast cancer and other diseases, but they said further study is needed.
No one knows whether restricting calories in people can prolong life, but cutting calories by 25 percent or more from the diets of rodents, dogs, worms, and other animals has been shown to extend longevity.
Stokesley reached 93-4 after restricting Middlesbrough to 92-8.
ITV1's Tonight With Trevor McDonald programme said 16 of the 152 trusts in England have policies restricting non-emergency surgery such as hip replacements.