narrow down

narrow down
verb
1. define clearly (Freq. 1)
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I cannot narrow down the rules for this game

Syn: ↑pin down, ↑peg down, ↑nail down, ↑narrow, ↑specify
Derivationally related forms: ↑specifier (for: ↑specify)
Hypernyms: ↑determine
Hyponyms: ↑concretize
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s something PP

2. become more focus on an area of activity or field of study
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She specializes in Near Eastern history

Syn: ↑specialize, ↑specialise, ↑narrow
Ant: ↑diversify (for: ↑specialise), ↑diversify (for: ↑specialize)
Hypernyms: ↑change, ↑alter, ↑vary
Hyponyms: ↑overspecialize, ↑overspecialise
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

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Somebody ——s PP

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ˌnarrow ˈdown [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they narrow down he/she/it narrows down present participle narrowing down past tense narrowed down past participle narrowed down] phrasal verb
to reduce the number of possibilities or choices

We’re working to narrow down the list of possible suspects.

narrow something down to something:

That narrowed it down to just two possibilities.

Thesaurus: to reduce somethingsynonym
Main entry: narrow

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  • narrow down — phr verb Narrow down is used with these nouns as the object: ↑list …   Collocations dictionary

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  • narrow down — v. reduce, limit …   English contemporary dictionary

  • narrow — ► ADJECTIVE (narrower, narrowest) 1) of small width in comparison to length. 2) limited in extent, amount, or scope. 3) barely achieved: a narrow escape. ► VERB 1) become or make narrower. 2) …   English terms dictionary

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