Meaning of “restriction” in the English Dictionary

"restriction" in British English

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restrictionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /rɪˈstrɪk.ʃən/ us /rɪˈstrɪk.ʃən/

C2 an official limit on something:

import/export/currency restrictions
speed/parking restrictions
At the turn of the century, Congress imposed/placed a height restriction of 13 storeys on all buildings in Washington.
The president urged other countries to lift the trade restrictions.

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  • Do these parking restrictions cover residents as well as visitors?
  • These restrictions infringe upon basic human rights.
  • There are speed restrictions on this part of the road.
  • New restrictions have been placed on the purchase of guns.
  • A restriction on the amount of duty free that can be bought has been announced.

(Definition of “restriction” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"restriction" in American English

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restrictionnoun [ C/U ]

us /rɪˈstrɪk·ʃən/

something that limits someone's actions or movement, or limits the amount, size, etc., of something:

[ C ] You can get a discount fare, but some restrictions (= rules about limits) apply.

(Definition of “restriction” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"restriction" in Business English

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uk /rɪˈstrɪkʃən/ us

[ C, usually plural ] an official limit or control on what people or companies are allowed to do, or on what can happen:

impose/place/put restrictions on sth This practice imposes unneccessary restrictions on employment.
ease/lift/tighten restrictions on sth Chinese officials called on the U.S. to ease restrictions on exporting high-tech goods to China.
advertising/trade restrictions
export/import restrictions
financial/investment restrictions

[ U ] the act of putting a limit or control on something:

restriction of sth The concentration of retailing could lead to restriction of choice, higher prices, and reduced accessibility.

(Definition of “restriction” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)