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English definition of “restrict”

restrict

verb [T]     /rɪˈstrɪkt/
C1 to limit the movements or actions of someone, or to limit something and reduce its size or prevent it from increasing: measures to restrict the sale of alcohol The government has restricted freedom of movement into and out of the country. Having small children really restricts your social life.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
(Definition of restrict verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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