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English definition of “restrict”


verb [T]    /rɪˈstrɪkt/
to limit someone's actions or movement, or to limit the amount, size, etc., of something: The government has so sharply restricted his fishing that he can barely pay his crew. The state legislature voted to restrict development in the area. restricted    /rɪˈstrɪk·tɪd/ adjective Many events are free, so families on restricted budgets can participate. restrictive    /rɪˈstrɪk·tɪv/ adjective She campaigned against restrictive immigration laws. restrictively    /rɪˈstrɪk·tɪv·li/ adverb
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