restricts, restricting, restricted
1) VERB If you restrict something, you put a limit on it in order to reduce it or prevent it becoming too great.

[V n] There is talk of raising the admission requirements to restrict the number of students on campus...

[V n to amount] The French, I believe, restrict Japanese imports to a maximum of 3 per cent of their market.

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restriction [[t]rɪstrɪ̱kʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

Since the costs of science were rising faster than inflation, some restriction on funding was necessary.

2) VERB To restrict the movement or actions of someone or something means to prevent them from moving or acting freely.

[V n] Villagers say the fence would restrict public access to the hills...

[V n] The government imprisoned dissidents, forbade travel, and restricted the press...

[V n] These dams have restricted the flow of the river downstream. [Also V n from -ing]

Derived words:
restriction N-UNCOUNT

...the justification for this restriction of individual liberty.

3) VERB If you restrict someone or their activities to one thing, they can only do, have, or deal with that thing. If you restrict them to one place, they cannot go anywhere else.

[V n to n] He was, however, allowed to stay on at the temple as long as he restricted himself to his studies...

[V n to n] The patient isn't restricted to a meagre diet...

[V n to n] For the first two weeks patients are restricted to the grounds.

4) VERB If you restrict something to a particular group, only that group can do it or have it. If you restrict something to a particular place, it is allowed only in that place.

[V n to n] Ministers had decided to restrict university entry to about 30 per cent of a declining school-leaving population...

[V n to n] Camping is restricted to five designated campgrounds.


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