Definition of "reduce" []

  • To bring down, as in extent, amount, or degree; diminish. See Synonyms at decrease. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring to a humbler, weaker, difficult, or forced state or condition; especially: (verb-transitive)
  • To gain control of; conquer: "a design to reduce them under absolute despotism” ( Declaration of Independence). (verb-transitive)
  • To subject to destruction: Enemy bombers reduced the city to rubble. (verb-transitive)
  • To weaken bodily: was reduced almost to emaciation. (verb-transitive)
  • To make or become smaller in size, number, extent, degree, intensity, etc (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To bring into a certain state, condition, etc (verb)
  • To make or become slimmer; lose or cause to lose excess weight (verb)
  • To impoverish (esp in the phrase in reduced circumstances) (verb)
  • To bring into a state of submission to one's authority; subjugate (verb)
  • To bring down the price of (a commodity) (verb)
  • To lower the rank or status of; demote (verb)
  • To set out systematically as an aid to understanding; simplify (verb)
  • To modify or simplify the form of (an expression or equation), esp by substitution of one term by another (verb)
  • To make (a sauce, stock, etc) more concentrated by boiling away some of the water in it (verb)
  • To thin out (paint) by adding oil, turpentine, etc; dilute (verb)
  • To undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction with hydrogen or formation of a hydride (verb)
  • To lose or cause to lose oxygen atoms (verb)
  • To undergo or cause to undergo an increase in the number of electrons (verb)
  • To lessen the density of (a negative or print) by converting some of the blackened silver in the emulsion to soluble silver compounds by an oxidation process using a photographic reducer (verb)
  • To manipulate or reposition (a broken or displaced bone, organ, or part) back to its normal site (verb)
  • To undergo or cause to undergo meiosis (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "reduce" in a sentence
  • "Founder Mollie Culligan says the new hire, who has connections to tanneries and vendors, has helped the label reduce per-unit costs 20%."
  • "One other thing , we must stop using the term reduce and replace it with eliminate when referring to deficit spending."
  • "Blog: Films with 'America' in the title reduce the country to a brand"