reduce re·duce (rĭ-dōōs', -dyōōs')
v. re·duced, re·duc·ing, re·duc·es
To bring down, as in extent, amount, or degree; diminish.
To lose weight, as by dieting.
To restore a fractured or displaced body part to a normal condition or position.
To decrease the valence of an atom by adding electrons.
To remove oxygen from a compound.
To add hydrogen to a compound.