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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
    Definition
    (verb) make less complex
    Example Sentence
    • reduce a problem to a single question
    Definition
    (verb) bring to humbler or weaker state or condition
    Example Sentence
    • He reduced the population to slavery
    Definition
    (verb) simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another Definition
    (verb) lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
    Example Sentence
    • She reduced her niece to a servant
    Definition
    (verb) be the essential element
    Synonyms : boil down , come down
    Example Sentence
    • The proposal boils down to a compromise
    Definition
    (verb) reduce in size; reduce physically
    Synonyms : shrink
    Example Sentence
    • Hot water will shrink the sweater
    • Can you shrink this image?
    Definition
    (verb) lessen and make more modest
    Example Sentence
    • reduce one's standard of living
    Definition
    (verb) make smaller
    Synonyms : scale down
    Example Sentence
    • reduce an image
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (verb) narrow or limit
    Synonyms : tighten
    Example Sentence
    • reduce the influx of foreigners
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (verb) reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site Definition
    (verb) destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it Definition
    (verb) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
    Example Sentence
    • The manuscript must be shortened
    Definition
    (verb) be cooked until very little liquid is left
    Synonyms : boil down , concentrate , decoct
    Example Sentence
    • The sauce should reduce to one cup
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (verb) lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
    Synonyms : cut , dilute , thin , thin out
    Example Sentence
    • cut bourbon
    Definition
    (verb) take off weight