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narrow down

Meaning: to reduce the number of possibilities, options or choices

Synonym: reduce

For example:

  • narrow down sth I was buying a new car and there were many models to choose from, but I wanted a fuel-efficient car so that narrowed down the range quite a bit.

  • narrow sth down to sth Thirty people applied for the job, but after the first round of interviews we'd narrowed it down to just three.

Nouns often used as objects with
narrow down: range, field, number, total

Quick Quiz:

We had ten good designs, but we needed to narrow it down to just three, so we had to
  1. reject the best ones
  2. choose the best ones
  3. produce the best ones

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