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restrict (someone or something) to (someone or something)

1. To limit or confine someone or something to a narrow or specific selection, range, or group or people or things. Often used in passive constructions. We're restricting applications to people who live in the Pacific Northwest. The soldiers were restricted to just two items of food per day to make the rations last.
2. To limit or confine someone or something to a particular and limited course of action. Often used in passive constructions. Citizens are being restricted to post and share information on websites and social media platforms that have been approved—and censored—by the government. The new legislation restricts corporations to make financial distributions out of realized profit.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

restrict someone or something to someone or something

to limit someone or something to someone or something; to confine someone or something to someone or something. (The first something may typically refer to a choice or selection.) When choosing team members, we are restricting them to people they already know. We restricted the choices to Bill, Bob, or Ted.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A finding of the study was that almost all people with restricted growth suffer unwanted public attention.
We also restricted access to 87 items in response to reports related to defamation," it added.
The executive with a mix of stock vehicles is ultimately more likely to realize much of the full $4.0 million value--first, because restricted stock is less risky and second, because investing in a mix of equity vehicles increases the chances the award will perform well under different financial circumstances.
Likewise, Weldon at Cal State helps donors understand that a restricted gift may have a finite life.
Protected information is defined as any data that is deemed "restricted." This information may not be placed on or sent through the Internet by the department, its employees, or any contractor.
Thus, in addition to salary and bonus deferrals arrangements, nonqualified deferred compensation plans under section 409A will seemingly include supplemental executive retirement plans (SERPs); phantom stock plans; restricted stock units; stock appreciation rights; (1) discounted stock options; and section 457(f) "ineligible" deferred compensation plans of tax-exempt organizations and state and municipal governmental units.
All that could change, however, thanks to the appearance of Duke Cinema, a company that has ventured into distributing restricted films and organizing a chain of restricted theaters.
But there is an exception to immediate recognition: Income recognition is deferred or postponed if the property is restricted. In tax parlance, property is restricted if it is "subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture."
Background: Restricted activity is common among community-living older persons, but its prognostic significance is not known.
Microsoft's recent decision to replace options with restricted stock overturns a host of market myths and paves the way for new thinking about incentives.
The 547-bed hospital already had in place a regulated formulary with several restricted antimicrobials, yet annual costs for antimicrobials jumped from $4.4 million in 1997 to $8 million in 2000.
A Frontier Airlines aircraft travelling from Reagan National Airport to Denver International Airport entered restricted airspace above the White House on Monday evening (1 April).
Heathrow employs around 68,000 people and most of these have access to areas restricted to the general public.
As a portion of the test, MTMC's Deployment Support Command, at Fort Eustis, Va., reviews booking requests for Saudi Arabia to screen restricted cargo.
A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a conservation agency that permanently restricts the property's uses in order to protect its conservation value.