Meaning of cull


To cull means to select or gather. If you decide to make a literary anthology, you must cull the best possible stories and then arrange them in a pleasing manner.

When you use cull as a verb, the things you gather can be the good or bad ones from a group. In your garden, you can cull the good vegetables for dinner, or the rotten ones for the compost pile. In fact, often no judgment of quality is made, as when you cull information from the Internet for your next research project. The sorting through will come later. However, if you use the word as a noun, a cull is a selection of things you intend to reject, often in reference to a group of animals. An outbreak of a disease such as foot-and-mouth disease can cause authorities to order a cull of farm pigs.

Definitions of cull
  1. verb

    remove something that has been rejected

    cull the sick members of the herd”
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    get rid of, remove

    dispose of

  2. noun

    the person or thing that is rejected or set aside as inferior in quality



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    deciding, decision making

    the cognitive process of reaching a decision

  3. verb

    look for and gather


    pick, pluck

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    pick or gather mushrooms

    pick or gather berries

    pick or gather blackberries
    type of:

    collect, garner, gather, pull together

    assemble or get together

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