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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)

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.

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"