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1. bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down

cut down on; make a reduction in

Example Sentences:
'reduce your daily fat intake'
'The employer wants to cut back health benefits'

2. reduce

make less complex

Example Sentences:
'reduce a problem to a single question'

3. reduce

bring to humbler or weaker state or condition

Example Sentences:
'He reduced the population to slavery'

4. reduce

simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another

5. reduce

lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation

Example Sentences:
'She reduced her niece to a servant'

6. boil down, come down, reduce

be the essential element

Example Sentences:
'The proposal boils down to a compromise'

7. reduce, shrink

reduce in size; reduce physically

Example Sentences:
'Hot water will shrink the sweater'
'Can you shrink this image?'

8. reduce

lessen and make more modest

Example Sentences:
'reduce one's standard of living'

9. reduce, scale down

make smaller

Example Sentences:
'reduce an image'

10. deoxidise, deoxidize, reduce

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

11. reduce, tighten

narrow or limit

Example Sentences:
'reduce the influx of foreigners'

12. keep down, quash, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate

put down by force or intimidation

Example Sentences:
'The government quashes any attempt of an uprising'
'China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently'
'The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land'

13. reduce

undergo meiosis

Example Sentences:
'The cells reduce'

14. reduce

reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site

15. reduce

destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it

16. abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten

reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

Example Sentences:
'The manuscript must be shortened'

17. boil down, concentrate, decoct, reduce

be cooked until very little liquid is left

Example Sentences:
'The sauce should reduce to one cup'

18. boil down, concentrate, reduce

cook until very little liquid is left

Example Sentences:
'The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time'

19. cut, dilute, reduce, thin, thin out

lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture

Example Sentences:
'cut bourbon'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of reduce
verb (mainly tr)
1. (also intr)
to make or become smaller in size, number, extent, degree, intensity, etc
to bring into a certain state, condition, etc
to reduce a forest to ashes
to reduce someone to despair
3. (also intr)
to make or become slimmer; lose or cause to lose excess weight
to impoverish (esp in the phrase in reduced circumstances)
to bring into a state of submission to one's authority; subjugate
the whole country was reduced after three months
to bring down the price of (a commodity)
the shirt was reduced in the sale
to lower the rank or status of; demote
he was reduced from corporal to private
reduced to the ranks
to set out systematically as an aid to understanding; simplify
his theories have been reduced in a popular treatise
9. mathematics
to modify or simplify the form of (an expression or equation), esp by substitution of one term by another
10. cookery
to make (a sauce, stock, etc) more concentrated by boiling away some of the water in it
to thin out (paint) by adding oil, turpentine, etc; dilute
12. (also intr) chemistry
to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction with hydrogen or formation of a hydride
to lose or cause to lose oxygen atoms
to undergo or cause to undergo an increase in the number of electrons
Compare oxidize
13. photography
to lessen the density of (a negative or print) by converting some of the blackened silver in the emulsion to soluble silver compounds by an oxidation process using a photographic reducer
14. surgery
to manipulate or reposition (a broken or displaced bone, organ, or part) back to its normal site
15. (also intr) biology
to undergo or cause to undergo meiosis

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see synonyms of reduce
verb transitiveWord forms: reˈduced or reˈducing
to lessen in any way, as in size, weight, amount, value, price, etc.; diminish
to put into a simpler or more concentrated form
to bring into a certain order; systematize
to break up into constituent elements by analysis
to put into a different form
to reduce a talk to writing
to change to a different physical form, as by melting, crushing, grinding, etc.
to lower, as in rank or position; demote; downgrade
to bring to order, attention, obedience, etc., as by persuasion or force
to subdue or conquer (a city or fort) by siege or attack
to bring into difficult or wretched circumstances
a people reduced to poverty
to compel by need to do something
reduced to stealing
to weaken in bodily strength; make thin
reduced to skin and bones
to thin (paint, lacquer, etc.), as with turpentine
9.  Arithmetic
to change in denomination or form without changing in value
to reduce fractions to their lowest terms
10.  Chemistry
to decrease the positive valence of (an element or ion)
to increase the number of electrons of (an atom, element, or ion)
to remove the oxygen from; deoxidize
to combine with hydrogen
to bring into the metallic state by removing nonmetallic elements
11.  Cookery
to boil (a liquid) in order to decrease the volume and concentrate the flavors
12.  Phonetics
to articulate (a vowel) in a central position, giving it a neutral quality, as in an unstressed syllable
13.  Photography
to weaken or lower the density of (a negative or print) by removing metallic silver
14.  Surgery
to restore (a broken bone, displaced organ, etc.) to normal position or condition
verb intransitive
to become reduced
to lose weight, as by dieting

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of reduce
v. re·duced, re·duc·ing, re·duc·es
1. To bring down, as in extent, amount, or degree; diminish. See Synonyms at decrease.
2. To bring to a humbler, weaker, difficult, or forced state or condition; especially:
a. To gain control of; subject or conquer: "a design to reduce them under absolute despotism" (Declaration of Independence).
b. To subject to destruction: Enemy bombers reduced the city to rubble.
c. To bring to a specified undesirable state, as of weakness or helplessness: disease that reduced the patient to emaciation; teasing that reduced the child to tears.
d. To compel to desperate acts: The Depression reduced many to begging on street corners.
e. To lower in rank or grade; demote.
3. To thicken or intensify the flavor of (a sauce, for example) by slow boiling.
4. To lower the price of: The store has drastically reduced winter coats.
5. To decrease the viscosity of (paint, for example), as by adding a solvent.
6. To put in a simpler or more systematic form; simplify or codify: reduced her ideas to a collection of maxims.
7. To turn into powder; pulverize.
8. Chemistry
a. To decrease the valence of (an atom) by adding electrons.
b. To remove oxygen from (a compound).
c. To add hydrogen to (a compound).
d. To change to a metallic state by removing nonmetallic constituents; smelt.
9. Mathematics To simplify the form of (an expression, such as a fraction) without changing the value.
10. Medicine To restore (a fractured or displaced body part) to a normal condition or position.
11. Linguistics To pronounce (a stressed vowel) as the unstressed version of that vowel or as schwa.
1. To become diminished.
2. To lose weight, as by dieting.
3. Biology To undergo meiosis.

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