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winnow

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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winnowwin‧now /ˈwɪnəʊ $ -noʊ/ (also winnow down) verb  TA[transitive] to make a list, group, or quantity smaller by getting rid of the things that you do not need or want syn whittle down We need to winnow the list of candidates to three. winnow somebody/something ↔ out
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winnowBut in government, managers have no incentive to winnow out their product mix.The Arizona primary was supposed to winnow the field of Republican presidential hopefuls.Adams has winnowed the list of contestants to 12.Again the problem is to winnow these down to manageable proportions.
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Verb table
winnow
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theywinnow
he, she, itwinnows
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywinnowed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave winnowed
he, she, ithas winnowed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad winnowed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill winnow
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have winnowed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam winnowing
he, she, itis winnowing
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you, we, theyare winnowing
Past
I, he, she, itwas winnowing
you, we, theywere winnowing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been winnowing
he, she, ithas been winnowing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been winnowing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be winnowing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been winnowing
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