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Meaning & Definition of Reduce in English

English

Reduce

/rədus/

verb

1. Cut down on

  • Make a reduction in
  • "Reduce your daily fat intake"
  • "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
    synonym:
  • reduce
  • ,
  • cut down
  • ,
  • cut back
  • ,
  • trim
  • ,
  • trim down
  • ,
  • trim back
  • ,
  • cut
  • ,
  • bring down

2. Make less complex

  • "Reduce a problem to a single question"
    synonym:
  • reduce

3. Bring to humbler or weaker state or condition

  • "He reduced the population to slavery"
    synonym:
  • reduce

4. Simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another

    synonym:
  • reduce

5. Lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation

  • "She reduced her niece to a servant"
    synonym:
  • reduce

6. Be the essential element

  • "The proposal boils down to a compromise"
    synonym:
  • reduce
  • ,
  • come down
  • ,
  • boil down

7. Reduce in size

  • Reduce physically
  • "Hot water will shrink the sweater"
  • "Can you shrink this image?"
    synonym:
  • shrink
  • ,
  • reduce

8. Lessen and make more modest

  • "Reduce one's standard of living"
    synonym:
  • reduce

9. Make smaller

  • "Reduce an image"
    synonym:
  • reduce
  • ,
  • scale down

10. To remove oxygen from a compound, or cause to react with hydrogen or form a hydride, or to undergo an increase in the number of electrons

    synonym:
  • deoxidize
  • ,
  • deoxidise
  • ,
  • reduce

11. Narrow or limit

  • "Reduce the influx of foreigners"
    synonym:
  • reduce
  • ,
  • tighten

12. Put down by force or intimidation

  • "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"
  • "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"
  • "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"
    synonym:
  • repress
  • ,
  • quash
  • ,
  • keep down
  • ,
  • subdue
  • ,
  • subjugate
  • ,
  • reduce

13. Undergo meiosis

  • "The cells reduce"
    synonym:
  • reduce

14. Reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site

    synonym:
  • reduce

15. Destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it

    synonym:
  • reduce

16. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

  • "The manuscript must be shortened"
    synonym:
  • abridge
  • ,
  • foreshorten
  • ,
  • abbreviate
  • ,
  • shorten
  • ,
  • cut
  • ,
  • contract
  • ,
  • reduce

17. Be cooked until very little liquid is left

  • "The sauce should reduce to one cup"
    synonym:
  • boil down
  • ,
  • reduce
  • ,
  • decoct
  • ,
  • concentrate

18. Cook until very little liquid is left

  • "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
    synonym:
  • reduce
  • ,
  • boil down
  • ,
  • concentrate

19. Lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture

  • "Cut bourbon"
    synonym:
  • dilute
  • ,
  • thin
  • ,
  • thin out
  • ,
  • reduce
  • ,
  • cut

20. Take off weight

    synonym:
  • reduce
  • ,
  • melt off
  • ,
  • lose weight
  • ,
  • slim
  • ,
  • slenderize
  • ,
  • thin
  • ,
  • slim down

Examples of using

Sperm banks perform screenings on the donors to reduce the chance of their passing on genetic and infectious diseases.
The opposition party put forward a bill to reduce income tax.
I have to reduce my expenses this month.