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“winnow” in British English

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winnowverb [ T ]

uk /ˈwɪn.əʊ/ us /ˈwɪn.oʊ/

to blow the chaff (= the outer coverings) from grain before it can be used as food

formal to reduce a large number of people or things to a much smaller number by judging their quality:

A list of 15 applicants has been winnowed down to three.
a winnowing process

(Definition of “winnow” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“winnow” in American English

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winnowverb [ T ]

us /ˈwɪn·oʊ/

to reduce a large number of people or things to a much smaller number by judging their quality:

The six architects chosen to compete for the commission were winnowed from an original list of 27.

(Definition of “winnow” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)