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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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