What does reduce mean?

Definitions for reduce

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reduce.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reduce, cut down, cut back, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring down(verb)

    cut down on; make a reduction in

    "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"

  2. reduce(verb)

    make less complex

    "reduce a problem to a single question"

  3. reduce(verb)

    bring to humbler or weaker state or condition

    "He reduced the population to slavery"

  4. reduce(verb)

    simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another

  5. reduce(verb)

    lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation

    "She reduced her niece to a servant"

  6. reduce, come down, boil down(verb)

    be the essential element

    "The proposal boils down to a compromise"

  7. shrink, reduce(verb)

    reduce in size; reduce physically

    "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?"

  8. reduce(verb)

    lessen and make more modest

    "reduce one's standard of living"

  9. reduce, scale down(verb)

    make smaller

    "reduce an image"

  10. deoxidize, deoxidise, reduce(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

  11. reduce, tighten(verb)

    narrow or limit

    "reduce the influx of foreigners"

  12. repress, quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduce(verb)

    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"

  13. reduce(verb)

    undergo meiosis

    "The cells reduce"

  14. reduce(verb)

    reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site

  15. reduce(verb)

    destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it

  16. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce(verb)

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

  17. boil down, reduce, decoct, concentrate(verb)

    be cooked until very little liquid is left

    "The sauce should reduce to one cup"

  18. reduce, boil down, concentrate(verb)

    cook until very little liquid is left

    "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"

  19. dilute, thin, thin out, reduce, cut(verb)

    lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture

    "cut bourbon"

  20. reduce, melt off, lose weight, slim, slenderize, thin, slim down(verb)

    take off weight


  1. Reduce(v. t.)

    (Chem.) To add an electron to an atom or ion. Specifically: To remove oxygen from; to deoxidize. (Metallurgy) To bring to the metallic state by separating from combined oxygen and impurities; as, metals are reduced from their ores. (Chem.) To combine with, or to subject to the action of, hydrogen or any other reducing agent; as, ferric iron is reduced to ferrous iron; aldehydes can be reduced to alcohols by lithium hydride; -- opposed to oxidize.

  2. Origin: [L. reducere, reductum; pref. red-. re-, re- + ducere to lead. See Duke, and cf. Redoubt, n.]


  1. reduce(Verb)

    To bring down the size, quantity, quality, value or intensity of something; to diminish, to lower, to impair.

  2. reduce(Verb)

    To lose weight.

  3. reduce(Verb)

    To bring to an inferior rank; to degrade, to demote.

  4. reduce(Verb)

    To humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture.

  5. reduce(Verb)

    To bring to an inferior state or condition.

  6. reduce(Verb)

    To decrease the liquid content of food by boiling much of its water off.

  7. reduce(Verb)

    To add electrons / hydrogen or to remove oxygen.

  8. reduce(Verb)

    To produce metal from ore by removing nonmetallic elements in a smelter.

  9. reduce(Verb)

    To simplify an equation or formula without changing its value.

  10. reduce(Verb)

    To convert to written form (Usage note: this verb almost always take the phrase "to writing").

  11. Origin: reducere, present active infinitive of reduco; from re-, + duco. See duke, and compare with redoubt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reduce(noun)

    to bring or lead back to any former place or condition

  2. Reduce(noun)

    to bring to any inferior state, with respect to rank, size, quantity, quality, value, etc.; to diminish; to lower; to degrade; to impair; as, to reduce a sergeant to the ranks; to reduce a drawing; to reduce expenses; to reduce the intensity of heat

  3. Reduce(noun)

    to bring to terms; to humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture; as, to reduce a province or a fort

  4. Reduce(noun)

    to bring to a certain state or condition by grinding, pounding, kneading, rubbing, etc.; as, to reduce a substance to powder, or to a pasty mass; to reduce fruit, wood, or paper rags, to pulp

  5. Reduce(noun)

    to bring into a certain order, arrangement, classification, etc.; to bring under rules or within certain limits of descriptions and terms adapted to use in computation; as, to reduce animals or vegetables to a class or classes; to reduce a series of observations in astronomy; to reduce language to rules

  6. Reduce(noun)

    to change, as numbers, from one denomination into another without altering their value, or from one denomination into others of the same value; as, to reduce pounds, shillings, and pence to pence, or to reduce pence to pounds; to reduce days and hours to minutes, or minutes to days and hours

  7. Reduce(noun)

    to change the form of a quantity or expression without altering its value; as, to reduce fractions to their lowest terms, to a common denominator, etc

  8. Reduce(noun)

    to bring to the metallic state by separating from impurities; hence, in general, to remove oxygen from; to deoxidize; to combine with, or to subject to the action of, hydrogen; as, ferric iron is reduced to ferrous iron; or metals are reduced from their ores; -- opposed to oxidize

  9. Reduce(noun)

    to restore to its proper place or condition, as a displaced organ or part; as, to reduce a dislocation, a fracture, or a hernia

  10. Origin: [L. reducere, reductum; pref. red-. re-, re- + ducere to lead. See Duke, and cf. Redoubt, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reduce

    rē-dūs′, v.t. to bring into a lower state, as to reduce the ores of silver: to lessen: to impoverish: to subdue: to arrange: (arith. and alg.) to change numbers or quantities from one denomination into another: to reduce to its proper form, as to reduce a fracture: to bring into a new form, as to reduce Latin to English: to weaken: to bring into a class: (Scots law) to annul by legal means: (mil.) to strike off the pay-roll.—ns. Reduc′er, one who reduces: a joint-piece for connecting pipes of varying diameter; Reducibil′ity, Reduc′ibleness, the quality of being reducible.—adj. Reduc′ible, that may be reduced.—ns. Reduc′ing-scale, a scale used by surveyors for reducing chains and links to acres and roods; Reduc′tion, act of reducing or state of being reduced: diminution: subjugation: a rule for changing numbers or quantities from one denomination to another.—adj. Reduc′tive, having the power to reduce.—Reduce to the ranks, to degrade, for misconduct, to the condition of a private soldier; Reductio ad absurdum, the proof of a proposition by proving the falsity of its contradictory opposite; Reduction works, smelting works. [L. reducĕre, reductumre-, back, ducĕre, to lead.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reduce' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1458

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reduce' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2091

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reduce' in Verbs Frequency: #130


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reduce in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reduce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Kantrowitz:

    But most will reduce aid dollar for dollar.

  2. Sigmar Gabriel:

    We cannot reduce all that to the coal question.

  3. James Tabery:

    To reduce it all to one is to miss that complex story.

  4. Tess Graham:

    That will immediately reduce the likelihood of snoring.

  5. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve:

    Our target is to reduce the number of intrusions to zero.

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Translations for reduce

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • reduirCatalan, Valencian
  • abnehmen, reduzieren, herabsetzenGerman
  • reducirSpanish
  • taandamaEstonian
  • pienentää, keittää kokoon, alentaa, pelkistää, alistaa, kukistaa, laskea, supistaa, huonontaa, keventyä, vähentää, nöyryyttää, laihtua, sieventääFinnish
  • réduireFrench
  • reducirGalician
  • besűrít, csökkent, leigáz, leverHungarian
  • նվազեցնել, փոքրացնելArmenian
  • dineskarIdo
  • ridurre in cattività, ridurre, degradare, sottomettere, dimagrire, retrocedereItalian
  • 鎮める, 還元, 不純物を取り除く, 削減, 切り詰める, 減らす, 約分, 下げる, 煮詰める, 鎮圧, 減る, 強いる, 簡約Japanese
  • 줄이다Korean
  • dēdūcōLatin
  • mazināt, pamazināt, samazinātLatvian
  • whakamimitiMāori
  • verlagen, verminderenDutch
  • redusereNorwegian
  • stracić na wadzę, zmniejszać, schudnąć, skrócić, wytopić, skracać, zdegradować, wytapiać, uprościć, upraszczać, zmniejszyć, degradować, zeszczupleć, obniżać, obniżyćPolish
  • reduzir, diminuir, emagrecer, rebaixarPortuguese
  • reduzir, redutgier, reducir, redüer, redutgear, redürRomansh
  • diminua, micșora, reduceRomanian
  • уменьшить, понизить, снижать, упрощать, снизить, упростить, худеть, уменьшать, понижатьRussian
  • ลดThai
  • 減少Chinese

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