reduce implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender.
the city was reduced after a month-long siege
overcome suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle.
overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks
overthrow stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power.
violently overthrew the old regime
Examples of reduce in a Sentence
The medicine reduces the risk of infection.
We are trying to reduce our debt.
Stricter speed limit enforcement has reduced the number of car accidents.
Her prison sentence was reduced from 15 years to 10.
Recent Examples on the WebMusk has been feuding with the ADL for months over its efforts to reduce extremism on social media, a campaign that Musk says has cost X ad sales.—David Ingram, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2023 Antacids work by neutralizing stomach acid, while PPIs and H2 blockers reduce the amount of acid the stomach makes.—Maggie O'Neill, Health, 16 Nov. 2023 This popular fruit could help reduce dementia, a new study has found.—Fox News Staff, Fox News, 16 Nov. 2023 Applied to family dynamics at dinner, the practice allows individuals to reinterpret challenging moments, reducing the emotional intensity of conflicts.—Chanda Reynolds, Essence, 15 Nov. 2023 Advertisement The storms will moisten vegetation countywide, reducing the chances that wildfires will break early next week when weak Santa Ana winds arrive, the weather service said.—Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 Alstom plans to cut around 1,500 jobs and scrap its dividend as part of a cost-savings plan to reduce debt and boost profitability.—Adrià Calatayud, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2023 But only 20% of the top 1,000 companies have targets to reduce their emissions to 1.5 degrees Celsius, a sign not enough leaders are taking climate change seriously.—John Kell, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2023 Some drugs combine ketamine with other medicines to extend its efficacy and reduce the need for such frequent doctor visits.—Sonya Collins, Fortune Well, 4 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, to lead back, from Latin reducere, from re- + ducere to lead — more at tow entry 1