Definitions of reduce

  1. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be the essential element; "The proposal boils down to a compromise" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. cook until very little liquid is left, as of sauces; "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. be cooked until very little is left; as of sauces; "The sauce should reduce to one cup" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. remove oxygen from a compound, in chemistry Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. take off weight Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. narrow or limit; "reduce the influx of foreigners" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. make smaller; "reduce an image" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. reposition back to its normal site, as of a broken bone, in surgery Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. cook until very little liquid is left; "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. be cooked until very little liquid is left; "The sauce should reduce to one cup" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. 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 Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. make less complex; "reduce a problem to a single question" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. undergo meiosis; "The cells reduce" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation; "She reduced her niece to a servant" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. lessen and make more modest; "reduce one's standard of living" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. bring to humbler or weaker state or condition; "He reduced the population to slavery" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. To bring or lead back to any former place or condition. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To bring to terms; to humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture; as, to reduce a province or a fort. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. To restore to its proper place or condition, as a displaced organ or part; as, to reduce a dislocation, a fracture, or a hernia. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. To make less in value, size, etc.; lessen; lower; as, to reduce the cost; bring from a higher to a lower position; degrade; as, to reduce an officer to the ranks; subdue; conquer; as, to reduce an enemy; bring into classes or orders; as, to reduce mankind to races; bring into a particular form or condition; as, reduce sugar to a syrup; in arithmetic, change (numbers or quantities) from one name or form to another without changing their value; as, to reduce gallons to pints; in chemistry, to take all nonmetallic elements out of (an ore); in surgery, to restore (a displaced part) to its right position; as, to reduce a fracture. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  33. Reducible. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. Reducer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  35. 1. To replace, as the bowel in a hernia, the ends of a fractured bone, or a dislocation. 2. In chemistry to deoxidize, to restore an oxide to its metallic form. 3. To weaken. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  36. To bring into a lower state: to lessen: to impoverish: to subdue: to arrange: (arith. and alg.) to change numbers or quantities from one denomination into another. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  37. To bring back; lessen; lower; change into equivalent values. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  38. To diminish; lower; degrade; subdue; change the form or denomination of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  39. To bring to a former state; to bring to any state or condition; to diminish; to lower; to subdue; to bring into subjection; to bring into classes or under rules; to change from one denomination to another. To reduce to the ranks, to degrade a serjeant or corporal for misconduct to the station of a private soldier. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  40. To bring into any state, particularly one made less or diminished; to degrade; to lessen; to subdue; to conquer; to class or arrange; to impoverish; to bring down; to make less in size, quantity, or value; in arith., alg., and logic, to bring from a form less fit, to one more fit, for the operation; in metallurgy, to convert an oxide or an ore into the metallic state, as by smelting; in surg., to restore to its proper place or state, as a dislocated bone. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  41. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  42. In Scotch law. To rescind or annul. thelawdictionary.org
  43. 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. dictgcide_fs
  44. r[=e]-d[=u]s', 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. reduc[)e]re, reductum--re-, back, duc[)e]re, to lead.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  45. Restore to original or proper position, remedy by such restoration, (now only surg.; had the shoulder, dislocation, reduced), bring back to (r. person to discipline); convert physically or mentally to other form, subject to such conversion, make suitable or conformable or adapted to, bring by classification or analysis to, (r. rule to practice, act on it; observations taken at surface must be reduced to centre; r. anomalies to rule, discover formula covering them; the facts may all be reduced to three heads; r. it to English orthography& spell it employee; the unwritten customs were reduced to writing; r. dissimilar quantities to one denomination, integer to form of fraction; can we r. these ripples to their mechanical elements?; r. clods to powder, ore to metal, compound to components, surface by harrowing, or simply r. clods, compound, &c.; r. syllogism of one form to another); compel to do (rare), bring by force or necessity to some state or action, subdue, bring back to obedience, (r. the Crown to submission, the revolted towns. all the other Powers of the continent; reduced him to assert or usu. asserting an absurdity; was reduced to despair, to weakness, to borrow or usu. borrowing clothes, to borrowing); bring down, lower, weaken, impoverish, diminish, contract, (r. Pope to place of chief bishop; N.C.O. was reduced to the ranks, made a private; is in a very reduced state, feeble; r. liquid to two-thirds of its bulk; this reduces the temperature; the 16 may be reduced to 5, by omission of 11, or by reclassification &c.; have reduced our outfit to almost nothing; he reduced himself into the least possible compass; to be sold at reduced prices; reduced circumstances, poverty after prosperity; r. the establishment, dismiss officials or cut down expenses; reduced officers &c., dismissed in such reduction). Hence reducible a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  46. To perform the process of reduction. Appleton's medical dictionary.

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