reduce

5 ENTRIES FOUND:

re·duce

verb \ri-ˈdüs, -ˈdyüs\

: to make (something) smaller in size, amount, number, etc.

: to cause (someone) to be in a specified state or condition

: to cause (something) to be in a specified form by breaking it, burning it, etc.

re·ducedre·duc·ing

Full Definition of REDUCE

transitive verb
1
a :  to draw together or cause to converge :  consolidate <reduce all the questions to one>
b (1) :  to diminish in size, amount, extent, or number <reduce taxes> <reduce the likelihood of war>
(2) :  to decrease the volume and concentrate the flavor of by boiling <add the wine and reduce the sauce for two minutes>
c :  to narrow down :  restrict <the Indians were reduced to small reservations>
d :  to make shorter :  abridge
2
archaic :  to restore to righteousness :  save
3
:  to bring to a specified state or condition <the impact of the movie reduced them to tears>
4
a :  to force to capitulate
b :  force, compel
5
a :  to bring to a systematic form or character <reduce natural events to laws>
b :  to put down in written or printed form <reduce an agreement to writing>
6
:  to correct (as a fracture) by bringing displaced or broken parts back into their normal positions
7
a :  to lower in grade or rank :  demote
b :  to lower in condition or status :  downgrade
8
a :  to diminish in strength or density
b :  to diminish in value
9
a (1) :  to change the denominations or form of without changing the value (2) :  to construct a geometrical figure similar to but smaller than (a given figure)
b :  to transpose from one form into another :  convert
c :  to change (an expression) to an equivalent but more fundamental expression <reduce a fraction>
10
:  to break down (as by crushing or grinding) :  pulverize
11
a :  to bring to the metallic state by removal of nonmetallic elements <reduce an ore by heat>
b :  deoxidize
c :  to combine with or subject to the action of hydrogen
d (1) :  to change (an element or ion) from a higher to a lower oxidation state
(2) :  to add one or more electrons to (an atom or ion or molecule)
12
:  to change (a stressed vowel) to an unstressed vowel
intransitive verb
1
a (1) :  to become diminished or lessened; especially :  to lose weight by dieting (2) :  to become reduced <ferric iron reduces to ferrous iron>
b :  to become concentrated or consolidated
c :  to undergo meiosis
2
:  to become converted or equated
re·duc·er noun
re·duc·ibil·i·ty \-ˌdü-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌdyü-\ noun
re·duc·ible \-ˈdü-sə-bəl, -ˈdyü-\ adjective
re·duc·ibly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of REDUCE

  1. The medicine reduces the risk of infection.
  2. We are trying to reduce our debt.
  3. Stricter speed limit enforcement has reduced the number of car accidents.
  4. Her prison sentence was reduced from 15 years to 10.

Origin of REDUCE

Middle English, to lead back, from Latin reducere, from re- + ducere to lead — more at tow
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to REDUCE

re·duce

verb \ri-ˈd(y)üs\   (Medical Dictionary)
re·ducedre·duc·ing

Medical Definition of REDUCE

transitive verb
1
: to correct (as a fracture or a herniated mass) by bringing displaced or broken parts back into their normal positions
2
a : to bring to the metallic state by removal of nonmetallic elements <reduce an ore by heat> b : deoxidize c : to combine with or subject to the action of hydrogen d (1) : to change (an element or ion) from a higher to a lower oxidation state (2) : to add one or more electrons to (an atom or ion or molecule)
intransitive verb
1
: to become diminished or lessened; especially : to lose weight by dieting
2
: to become reduced <ferrous iron reduces to ferric iron>
3
: to undergo meiosis

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