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reduce

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of reduce

  1. 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 Synonyms of reduce break, bust, degrade, disrate, downgrade, demoteWords Related to reduce can, cashier, dismiss, downsize, fire, lay off, sack; abase, debase, demean, humble, humiliate, lowerNear Antonyms of reduce hireAntonyms of reduce advance, elevate, promote, raise

  2. 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 Synonyms of reduce abate, de-escalate, dent, deplete, diminish, downscale, downsize, drop, dwindle, ease, knock down, lessen, lower, decreaseWords Related to reduce compress, condense, constrict, contract; abbreviate, abridge, clip, crop, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, dock, nick, pare, prune, retrench, shorten, slash, trim, truncate, whittle; deflate, shrink; minimize; moderate, modify, modulate, qualifyNear Antonyms of reduce blow up, dilate, distend, inflate, swell; elongate, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract; add (to), complement, supplement; enhance, heighten, intensify; redoubleAntonyms of reduce aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, enlarge, escalate, expand, increase, raise

  3. 3 to diminish the price or value of a mortgage crisis that reduced homes to their lowest level in a decade Synonyms of reduce attenuate, break, cheapen, depress, devaluate, devalue, downgrade, lower, mark down, depreciate, sink, write down, write offWords Related to reduce debase, demonetize; underestimate, underprice, underrate, undervalue; abridge, compress, contract, de-escalate, deflate, downsize, dwindle, lessen, moderate, shrinkNear Antonyms of reduce bloat, blow up, inflate; overestimate, overprice, overrate, overvalue; add, aggrandize, amplify, augment, balloon, boost, compound, dilate, enlarge, escalate, expand, extend, heighten, increase, maximize, multiply, raise, swell, upAntonyms of reduce appreciate, enhance, mark up, upgrade

Synonym Discussion of reduce

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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