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reduce

verb (v)

  • cut down on; make a reduction in (verb.change)
    Example:
    Reduce your daily fat intake.
    source: wordnet30
  • make less complex (verb.change)
    Example:
    Reduce a problem to a single question.
    source: wordnet30
  • bring to humbler or weaker state or condition (verb.social)
    Example:
    He reduced the population to slavery.
    source: wordnet30
  • simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another (verb.possession)
    source: wordnet30
  • lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation (verb.emotion)
    Example:
    She reduced her niece to a servant.
    source: wordnet30
  • be the essential element (verb.change)
    Synonym: boil down, come down
    source: wordnet30
  • reduce in size; reduce physically (verb.change)
    Synonym: shrink
    source: wordnet30
  • lessen and make more modest (verb.possession)
    Example:
    Reduce one's standard of living.
    source: wordnet30
  • make smaller (verb.change)
    Example:
    Reduce an image.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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 (verb.change)
    Synonym: deoxidise, deoxidize
    Antonym: oxidate, oxidise, oxidize
    source: wordnet30
  • narrow or limit (verb.change)
    Synonym: tighten
    Example:
    Reduce the influx of foreigners.
    source: wordnet30
  • put down by force or intimidation (verb.social)
    source: wordnet30
  • undergo meiosis (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The cells reduce.
    source: wordnet30
  • reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • reduce in scope while retaining essential elements (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • be cooked until very little liquid is left (verb.change)
    Example:
    The sauce should reduce to one cup.
    source: wordnet30
  • cook until very little liquid is left (verb.change)
    Example:
    The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time.
    source: wordnet30
  • lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture (verb.change)
    Synonym: cut, dilute, thin, thin out
    source: wordnet30
  • take off weight (verb.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • To bring or lead back to any former place or condition. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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