What does reduce mean?

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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

GCIDE

  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.

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

Wiktionary

  1. reduce(Verb)

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

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

  2. reduce(Verb)

    To lose weight.

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

  3. reduce(Verb)

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

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

  4. reduce(Verb)

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

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

  5. reduce(Verb)

    To bring to an inferior state or condition.

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

  6. reduce(Verb)

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

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

  7. reduce(Verb)

    To add electrons / hydrogen or to remove oxygen.

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

  8. reduce(Verb)

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

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

  9. reduce(Verb)

    To simplify an equation or formula without changing its value.

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

  10. reduce(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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

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

  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

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

  3. Reduce(noun)

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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  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

    Etymology: [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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of reduce in a Sentence

  1. New York:

    It is unconscionable to deny voting rights to New Yorkers who have paid their debt and have re-entered society, this reform will reduce disenfranchisement and will help restore justice and fairness to our democratic process. Withholding or delaying voting rights diminishes our democracy.

  2. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    Two people sit by the Barcaccia fountain near almost empty Spanish Steps, in Rome on Tuesday. ( AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Premier Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday said he will consider requests to toughen Italys already extraordinary anti-virus lockdown. Adding to its efforts, the Italian government also announced a $ 28 billion allocation to fight the outbreak on both medical and economic fronts. The first measures, expected to be outlined Friday, will support health services, the civil protection agency and the labor market. The Vittorio Emanuele shopping arcade appeared almost desert in Milan on Wednesday as Italy mulls even tighter restrictions on daily life. ( AP Photo/Luca Bruno) The World Health Organizationon Wednesdaydeclared the virus a pandemic, noting that the number of cases outside China had exploded13-fold over the past two weeks. There are now more than 118,000 cases of COVID-19 in 114 countries, with 4,291 deaths, WHO Director-GeneralTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Other European nations are issuing measures to slow down and control the spread of the virus, and provide a cushion for the economic shock of the outbreak. Spain Spains coronavirus cases have surpassed 2,000, with roughly half of them in the Madrid region, where two-thirds of the countrys 47 virus-related deaths have occurred, the Health Ministry said Wednesday. The number of cases saw a 60 percent increase since Tuesday. United States TOURISTS QUARANTINED IN SPANISH HOTEL AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS : HEALTH OFFICIALS Madrids fatalities are high because much of the contagion there is taking place in nursing homes, said Fernando Simn, director of Spains health emergency center. Empty shelves are seen in a supermarket as people begin to stock up on provisions in Madrid on Tuesday. ( AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) Schools and universities in Madrid and two northern regions have been ordered to close for two weeks to help slow the outbreaks spread. Workers were urged to telecommute to help reduce crowds on public transit. Denmark The Scandinavian country saw a 191 percent spike in Spain Spains coronavirus cases, with 90 more infections confirmed on Wednesday, for a total of at least 262. Local Denmark SEES FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE IN MAN RETURNING FROM ITALY VACATION Denmarks leaders have advised the public to avoid using public transportation, while some schools also closed, Local Denmark reported. Health officials also have advised against shaking hands, a measure that has suspended naturalization ceremonies, which require a mandatory handshake by law, The New York Times reported. Germany With at least 1,300 infections as of Wednesday, Germany so far has only three deaths a low rate that experts attributeto rapid testing as the outbreak unfolded. German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a warning, citingexpert estimates that up to 70 percent of the population could be infected with the virus. HOW IS GERMANY CONTROLLING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ? You have to understand that if the virus is there, and the population has no immunity yet to this virus, there are no vaccines and no therapy so far, a high percentage experts say 60 to 70 percent of the population will be infected.

  3. Hassan Rouhani:

    Iran will neither abandon its defensive weapons nor will reduce its defense capabilities, rather it will increase its defense power day by day. The fact that they are angry at our missiles shows that these are the most influential weapons Iran has.

  4. Barack Obama:

    Even though we have been able to reduce the number of folks who are deployed in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, there are still folks over there every single day and it's still dangerous, as we saw this past week with the outstanding brave Americans who were killed, and so we never take for granted all what all of you to for the American people. You help keep us free. You help keep us strong. And whatever service you're in, we are extraordinarily grateful for everything you do every single day. And we hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas.

  5. New York:

    This reform will reduce disenfranchisement and will help restore justice and fairness to our democratic process. Withholding or delaying voting rights diminishes our democracy.

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  • reduirCatalan, Valencian
  • abnehmen, reduzieren, herabsetzenGerman
  • reducirSpanish
  • taandamaEstonian
  • کاستنPersian
  • 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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