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reduce

verb

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1 to bring to a lower grade or rank
  • was reduced from team captain to team member as punishment for his misbehavior on the court

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2 to make smaller in amount, volume, or extent
  • you'll have to reduce the amount of money you spend on unnecessary purchases if you want to have any money left for retirement

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3 to diminish the price or value of
  • a mortgage crisis that reduced homes to their lowest level in a decade

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decrease, lessen, diminish, reduce, abate, dwindle mean to grow or make less. decrease suggests a progressive decline in size, amount, numbers, or intensity. slowly decreased the amount of pressure lessen suggests a decline in amount rather than in number. has been unable to lessen her debt diminish emphasizes a perceptible loss and implies its subtraction from a total. his visual acuity has diminished reduce implies a bringing down or lowering. you must reduce your caloric intake abate implies a reducing of something excessive or oppressive in force or amount. the storm abated dwindle implies progressive lessening and is applied to things growing visibly smaller. their provisions dwindled slowly

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The first known use of reduce was in the 14th century

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“Reduce.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/reduce. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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