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Context: Please narrow down your question, which is too broad.

I tried thesarus.com but I doubt those suggested synonyms prevail in use? For example, Google produces only 4 hits for both 'circumscribe your question' and 'tighten your question'.

Obiter dictum: I hope that the sample sentence above doesn't apply herein!

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    In your example, sharpen, focus, tighten, or narrow would all work. In other instances (as, for example, when the number of options available is too large), winnow can be a useful alternative. – Sven Yargs Jan 13 '15 at 23:36
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Depending on the context, you may find refine works, but it's slightly, um, broader than narrow down.

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Just get rid of the "down". It's possible to narrow a question.

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  • Please make your question more specific
  • Please focus your question
  • Thanks; I forgot to add 'one-word'. Do you know of any 'one-word synonyms'? – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Jan 13 '15 at 23:32
  • focus is one word. Also, how about concentrate? – DJ Far Jan 13 '15 at 23:33
  • Thanks. Yes, 'focus' is apt. But can you really say 'concentrate your question'? – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Jan 13 '15 at 23:41
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    @DJFar - 'Concentrate your question' sounds distinctly off-key. – Erik Kowal Jan 14 '15 at 4:20

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