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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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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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For regulations affecting interstate commerce, the FTC should aggressively block efforts to restrict free trade among citizens.
Our libraries already have policies to restrict children's access to books and magazines and to videos.
4) However, lower courts have provided guidance to law enforcement managers concerning their authority to restrict relations between co-workers.
Even now, they say, the FDA is pushing to restrict ephedra, better known as ma huang, an herbal remedy used for centuries in Chinese medicine to relieve clogged sinuses.
In addition, they may want to restrict the employee's ability to transfer stock to outside parties and may even want the employee to be required to sell the stock back to the corporation or its shareholders when his employment with the corporation terminates.