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

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