Definitions for (verb) reduce

Main entry: reduce, slenderize, slim, slim down, thin, melt off, lose weight

Definition: take off weight


Main entry: dilute, cut, reduce, thin, thin out

Definition: lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture

Usage: cut bourbon


Main entry: tighten, reduce

Definition: narrow or limit

Usage: reduce the influx of foreigners


Main entry: reduce, boil down, concentrate

Definition: cook until very little liquid is left

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


Main entry: concentrate, decoct, boil down, reduce

Definition: be cooked until very little liquid is left

Usage: The sauce should reduce to one cup


Main entry: reduce, boil down, come down

Definition: be the essential element

Usage: The proposal boils down to a compromise


Main entry: reduce, deoxidise, deoxidize

Definition: 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


Main entry: reduce, scale down

Definition: make smaller

Usage: reduce an image


Main entry: shrink, reduce

Definition: reduce in size; reduce physically

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


Main entry: reduce

Definition: make less complex

Usage: reduce a problem to a single question


Main entry: abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, reduce, foreshorten, shorten

Definition: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

Usage: The manuscript must be shortened


Main entry: cut, cut back, cut down, bring down, trim, trim back, trim down, reduce

Definition: cut down on; make a reduction in

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


Main entry: reduce

Definition: destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it


Main entry: reduce

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


Main entry: reduce

Definition: undergo meiosis

Usage: The cells reduce


Main entry: reduce

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

Usage: She reduced her niece to a servant


Main entry: reduce

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


Main entry: reduce

Definition: lessen and make more modest

Usage: reduce one's standard of living


Main entry: reduce

Definition: bring to humbler or weaker state or condition

Usage: He reduced the population to slavery


Main entry: subdue, subjugate, quash, reduce, repress, keep down

Definition: put down by force or intimidation

Usage: The government quashes any attempt of an uprising; China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently; The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land