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  1. (verb-transitive) To bring down, as in extent, amount, or degree; diminish. See Synonyms at decrease.
  2. (verb-transitive) To bring to a humbler, weaker, difficult, or forced state or condition; especially:
  3. (verb-transitive) To gain control of; conquer: "a design to reduce them under absolute despotism” ( Declaration of Independence).
  4. (verb-transitive) To subject to destruction: Enemy bombers reduced the city to rubble.
  5. (verb-transitive) To weaken bodily: was reduced almost to emaciation.
  6. (verb-transitive) To sap the spirit or mental energy of.
  7. (verb-transitive) To compel to desperate acts: The Depression reduced many to begging on street corners.
  8. (verb-transitive) To lower in rank or grade. See Synonyms at demote.
  9. (verb-transitive) To powder or pulverize.
  10. (verb-transitive) To thin (paint) with a solvent.
  11. (verb-transitive) To lower the price of: The store has drastically reduced winter coats.
  12. (verb-transitive) To put in order or arrange systematically.
  13. (verb-transitive) To separate into orderly components by analysis.
  14. (verb-transitive) Chemistry To decrease the valence of (an atom) by adding electrons.
  15. (verb-transitive) Chemistry To remove oxygen from (a compound).
  16. (verb-transitive) Chemistry To add hydrogen to (a compound).
  17. (verb-transitive) Chemistry To change to a metallic state by removing nonmetallic constituents; smelt.
  18. (verb-transitive) Mathematics To simplify the form of (an expression, such as a fraction) without changing the value.
  19. (verb-transitive) Medicine To restore (a fractured or displaced body part) to a normal condition or position.
  20. (verb-intransitive) To become diminished.
  21. (verb-intransitive) To lose weight, as by dieting.
  22. (verb-intransitive) Biology To undergo meiosis.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. Founder Mollie Culligan says the new hire, who has connections to tanneries and vendors, has helped the label reduce per-unit costs 20%. - Layoffs Allow Small Firms to Attract Big-Company Refugees
  2. One other thing , we must stop using the term reduce and replace it with eliminate when referring to deficit spending. - Top headlines
  3. Blog: Films with 'America' in the title reduce the country to a brand -
  4. 9 Whenever he saw them unseasonably and insolently elated, he would with a word reduce them to alarm; on the other hand, if they fell victims to a panic, he could at once restore them to confidence. - THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES
  5. How they believe these proposals will make gang activity reduce is beyond me. - Controlling Conservatives, once again out of touch with the general public… « My Liberal Democrat Political Ramblings…


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