December 29, 2016
restrict (verb)
\rih-STRIKT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to keep within bounds2 : to place under limits as to use
How do you use it?
Town officials have decided to restrict access to the beach during the nesting season of one of the endangered shore birds.
Are you a word wiz?

A correct response to today's quiz is restricted to one of the words below. Which one do you think is a synonym of "restrict"?

Your word sense knows no bounds if you picked A. While "restrict" suggests a restraining within a boundary (as in, "laws that restrict freedom of the press"), "confine" implies severe restraint resulting in cramping or hampering (such as in, "options confined by our modest income"). Another synonym, "circumscribe," stresses a restriction on all sides and by clearly defined boundaries (as in, for example, "the role of the committee was carefully circumscribed"). And "limit" implies setting a point or line (as in time, space, or speed) beyond which something cannot or is not permitted to go (such as in, "visits are limited to 30 minutes").
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