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reduce

 
Verb reduce has 19 senses
  1. reduce, cut down, cut back, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring down - cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
    --1 is one way to decrease, lessen, minify
    Derived form: noun reduction1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  2. reduce - make less complex; "reduce a problem to a single question"
    --2 is one way to
    simplify
    Derived form: noun reduction3
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  3. reduce - bring to humbler or weaker state or condition; "He reduced the population to slavery"
    --3 is one way to
    demote, bump, relegate, break, kick downstairs
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
  4. reduce - simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
    --4 is one way to
    substitute, replace
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  5. reduce - lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation; "She reduced her niece to a servant"
    --5 is one way to
    take down, degrade, disgrace, demean, put down
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something PP
  6. reduce, come down, boil down - be the essential element; "The proposal boils down to a compromise"
    --6 is one way to become, turn
    Sample sentence:
    Something is ----ing PP
  7. shrink, reduce - reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?"
    --7 is one way to decrease, lessen, minify
    Derived form: noun reduction1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  8. reduce - lessen and make more modest; "reduce one's standard of living"
    --8 is one way to
    impoverish
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
  9. reduce, scale down - make smaller; "reduce an image"
    --9 is one way to shrink, reduce
    Antonyms: blow up, enlarge, magnify
    Derived form: noun reduction1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  10. deoxidize, deoxidise, reduce - 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
    --10 is one way to change
    Derived forms: noun reducer1, noun reductant1, noun reducing1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  11. reduce, tighten - narrow or limit; "reduce the influx of foreigners"
    --11 is one way to restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  12. repress, quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduce - put down by force or intimidation; "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"
    --12 is one way to oppress, suppress, crush
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
  13. reduce - undergo meiosis; "The cells reduce"
    --13 is one way to
    separate, divide, part
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  14. reduce - reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site
    --14 is one way to
    reposition
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  15. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce - reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
    --15 is one way to decrease, lessen, minify
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  16. boil down, reduce, decoct, concentrate - be cooked until very little liquid is left; "The sauce should reduce to one cup"
    --16 is one way to decrease, diminish, lessen, fall
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  17. reduce, boil down, concentrate - cook until very little liquid is left; "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
    --17 is one way to decrease, lessen, minify
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  18. dilute, thin, thin out, reduce, cut - lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon"
    --18 is one way to weaken
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  19. reduce, melt off, lose weight, slim, slenderize, thin, slim down - take off weight
    --19 is one way to change state, turn
    Antonyms: gain, put on
    Derived form: noun reducing2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
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