Origin of restrictfrom Classical Latin restrictus, past participle of restringere: see restrain
The water hose nozzle restricts the flow of water to a gentle spray so the plants won't get damaged.
An example of restrict is walking a dog on a leash.
transitive verbre·strict·ed, re·strict·ing, re·stricts
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of restrictLatin restringere restrict- re- re- stringere to draw tight ; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
- re·stric′tor re·strict′er
(third-person singular simple present restricts, present participle restricting, simple past and past participle restricted)
(comparative more restrict, superlative most restrict)
- (obsolete) Restricted.
From Latin restrictus, perfect passive participle of restringÅ (“draw back tightly; restrain, restrict"), from re- (“back, again") + stringÅ (“press, tighten, compress").
- He wasn't trying to restrict her activities.
- I just hate to see you restrict yourself because that's the way your parents lived.
- It's imperative to restrict everything that makes his stomach upset.
- How can you forbid or restrict its use in any way?
- In city districts the modern practice is to restrict the number to four stations per line, and to equip the exchanges and stations for selective ringing.