Definitions of reduce

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To bring back; lessen; lower; change into equivalent values. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. 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.
  5. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. be cooked until very little is left; as of sauces; "The sauce should reduce to one cup" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. remove oxygen from a compound, in chemistry 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. reposition back to its normal site, as of a broken bone, in surgery Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. cook until very little liquid is left; "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. be cooked until very little liquid is left; "The sauce should reduce to one cup" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. make less complex; "reduce a problem to a single question" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. undergo meiosis; "The cells reduce" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation; "She reduced her niece to a servant" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. lessen and make more modest; "reduce one's standard of living" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. bring to humbler or weaker state or condition; "He reduced the population to slavery" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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
  27. To bring to terms; to humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture; as, to reduce a province or a fort. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. 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
  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 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
  31. Reducer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  32. Reducible. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for reduce

  1. He fired the first shot at the foremost man, as he related in after days, 'to reduce the odds. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. 1107 represents a class of rose bit employed to reduce pins to a uniform diameter, and face off the shoulder under the head, or it may be used to cut a recess round a pin, or to cut a recess and leave a pin. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose