zone off(redirected from zones off)
To set a restriction as to what can be built on or done to, on, or within a specific area. "A noun or pronoun can be used between "zone" and "off." Often used in passive constructions. They zoned the entire area off years ago for commercial buildings, so even though the city is in dire need of housing, they can't legally be built there. Huge parts of the city are zoned off for parks and other forms of green space, which has constrained its ability to bring in new businesses and residences somewhat.
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zone something off
to create a special regulatory zone in an area. The council zoned part of the land off for a park. They zoned off land for a park.
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To restrict or reserve a section of some area or territory: The city zoned off these blocks for commercial use. The police zoned the town hall off from vehicular traffic.
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