verb (used with object)
- to confine or keep within limits, as of space, action, choice, intensity, or quantity.
- (tr) to render or leave free from restriction, esp a road from speed limits
- (often foll by to) to confine or keep within certain often specified limits or selected boundsto restrict one’s drinking to the evening
1530s, from Latin restrictus, past participle of restringere (see restriction). Regarded 18c. as a Scottishism. Related: Restricted; restricting.