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reduce - Dictionary definition and meaning for word reduce

Definition
(verb) cut down on; make a reduction in
Example Sentence
  • reduce your daily fat intake
  • The employer wants to cut back health benefits

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(verb) make less complex
Example Sentence
  • reduce a problem to a single question

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(verb) bring to humbler or weaker state or condition
Example Sentence
  • He reduced the population to slavery

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(verb) simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
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(verb) lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
Example Sentence
  • She reduced her niece to a servant

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(verb) be the essential element
Synonyms : boil down , come down
Example Sentence
  • The proposal boils down to a compromise

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(verb) reduce in size; reduce physically
Synonyms : shrink
Example Sentence
  • Hot water will shrink the sweater
  • Can you shrink this image?

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(verb) lessen and make more modest
Example Sentence
  • reduce one's standard of living

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(verb) make smaller
Synonyms : scale down
Example Sentence
  • reduce an image

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(verb) 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
Synonyms : deoxidise , deoxidize

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(verb) narrow or limit
Synonyms : tighten
Example Sentence
  • reduce the influx of foreigners

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(verb) put down by force or intimidation
Synonyms : keep down , quash , repress , subdue , subjugate
Example Sentence
  • The government quashes any attempt of an uprising
  • China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently
  • The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land

Definition
(verb) undergo meiosis
Example Sentence
  • The cells reduce

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(verb) reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site
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(verb) destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it
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(verb) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
Example Sentence
  • The manuscript must be shortened

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(verb) be cooked until very little liquid is left
Synonyms : boil down , concentrate , decoct
Example Sentence
  • The sauce should reduce to one cup

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(verb) cook until very little liquid is left
Synonyms : boil down , concentrate
Example Sentence
  • The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time

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(verb) lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
Synonyms : cut , dilute , thin , thin out
Example Sentence
  • cut bourbon

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(verb) take off weight

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