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'reduce' - used as a verb
1. cut down on; make a reduction in
reduce your daily fat intake
2. make less complex
reduce a problem to a single question
3. bring to humbler or weaker state or condition
He reduced the population to slavery
4. simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
5. lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
She reduced her niece to a servant
6. be the essential element
7. reduce in size; reduce physically
8. lessen and make more modest
reduce one's standard of living
9. make smaller
reduce an image
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
11. narrow or limit
reduce the influx of foreigners
12. put down by force or intimidation
13. undergo meiosis
The cells reduce
14. reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site
15. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
16. be cooked until very little liquid is left
The sauce should reduce to one cup
17. cook until very little liquid is left
The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time
18. lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
19. take off weight

derived forms
1. Reduce / Past
2. Reduce / Third Person
3. Reduce / Present Participle
Variations of 'reduce'
  • blow up
  • gain
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