December 29, 2011
restrict (verb)
\rih-STRIKT\
What does it mean?
1 : to keep within bounds2 : to place under limits as to use
How do you use it?
When he saw the enormous selection at the buffet, Gus knew that he had to restrict himself to small portions of each item.
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").