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reduce

[ri-doos, -dyoos] /rɪˈdus, -ˈdyus/
verb (used with object), reduced, reducing.
1.
to bring down to a smaller extent, size, amount, number, etc.:
to reduce one's weight by 10 pounds.
2.
to lower in degree, intensity, etc.:
to reduce the speed of a car.
3.
to bring down to a lower rank, dignity, etc.: a sergeant reduced to a corporal.
4.
to treat analytically, as a complex idea.
5.
to lower in price.
6.
to bring to a certain state, condition, arrangement, etc.:
to reduce glass to powder.
7.
to bring under control or authority.
8.
Cookery. to evaporate water from (a sauce, soup, or other liquid), usually by boiling.
9.
Photography. to lessen the density of (an exposed negative).
10.
to adjust or correct by making allowances, as an astronomical observation.
11.
Mathematics. to change the denomination or form, but not the value, of (a fraction, polynomial, etc.).
12.
Chemistry.
  1. to add electrons to.
  2. to deoxidize.
  3. to add hydrogen to.
  4. to change (a compound) so that the valence of the positive element is lower.
13.
Chemistry, Metallurgy. to bring into the metallic state by separating from nonmetallic constituents.
14.
to thin or dilute:
to reduce paint with oil or turpentine.
15.
to lower the alcoholic concentration of (spirits) by diluting with water.
16.
Surgery. to restore to the normal place, relation, or condition, as a fractured bone.
17.
Phonetics. to modify the quality of (a speech sound) to one of lesser distinctiveness, especially to pronounce (an unstressed vowel) as (ə) or another centralized vowel, as in the unstressed syllables of medicinal.
verb (used without object), reduced, reducing.
18.
to become reduced.
19.
to become lessened, especially in weight.
20.
to be turned into or made to equal something:
All our difficulties reduce to financial problems.
21.
Cell Biology. to undergo meiosis.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English reducen to lead back < Latin redūcere to lead back, bring back, equivalent to re- re- + dūcere to lead
Related forms
antireducing, adjective, noun
nonreducing, adjective
overreduce, verb, overreduced, overreducing.
Synonyms
1. diminish, decrease, shorten, abridge, curtail, contract, retrench. 1, 2. lessen, attenuate, abate. 3. degrade, demote, humble. 7. subdue, subjugate, conquer, subject, vanquish, overcome, overpower.
Antonyms
1. increase. 3. elevate, exalt.
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Examples from the web for reduce
  • And on a small scale in your own house if you grow it in dilute urine, you reduce the fertilizer load on the local ecosystem.
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  • Although the industry debates environmental and energy benefits, bans and taxes to reduce plastic bag use have swept the world.
  • You'd reduce water use and end runoff by recycling water in a closed irrigation system.
  • Skylights help reduce overall lighting costs by bringing natural daylight from above into the home.
  • The drive to cap usage is ostensibly a way to reduce costs.
  • reduce the equities portion and increase the bond if you are skittish or near retirement.
  • We need to utilize everything in out power to reduce our dependence on foreign oil including using our own natural resources.
  • Such details help design improved strategies to reduce bird strikes.
  • Studies suggest that they may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
British Dictionary definitions for reduce

reduce

/rɪˈdjuːs/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
(also intransitive) to make or become smaller in size, number, extent, degree, intensity, etc
2.
to bring into a certain state, condition, etc: to reduce a forest to ashes, to reduce someone to despair
3.
(also intransitive) to make or become slimmer; lose or cause to lose excess weight
4.
to impoverish (esp in the phrase in reduced circumstances)
5.
to bring into a state of submission to one's authority; subjugate: the whole country was reduced after three months
6.
to bring down the price of (a commodity): the shirt was reduced in the sale
7.
to lower the rank or status of; demote: he was reduced from corporal to private, reduced to the ranks
8.
to set out systematically as an aid to understanding; simplify: his theories have been reduced in a popular treatise
9.
(maths) to modify or simplify the form of (an expression or equation), esp by substitution of one term by another
10.
(cookery) to make (a sauce, stock, etc) more concentrated by boiling away some of the water in it
11.
to thin out (paint) by adding oil, turpentine, etc; dilute
12.
(also intransitive) (chem)
  1. to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction with hydrogen or formation of a hydride
  2. to lose or cause to lose oxygen atoms
  3. to undergo or cause to undergo an increase in the number of electrons Compare oxidize
13.
(photog) to lessen the density of (a negative or print) by converting some of the blackened silver in the emulsion to soluble silver compounds by an oxidation process using a photographic reducer
14.
(surgery) to manipulate or reposition (a broken or displaced bone, organ, or part) back to its normal site
15.
(also intransitive) (biology) to undergo or cause to undergo meiosis
Derived Forms
reducible, adjective
reducibility, noun
reducibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin redūcere to bring back, from re- + dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for reduce
v.

late 14c., "bring back," from Old French reducer (14c.), from Latin reducere "lead back, bring back," figuratively "restore, replace," from re- "back" (see re-) + ducere "bring, lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "bring to an inferior condition" is 1570s; that of "bring to a lower rank" is 1640s (military reduce to ranks is from 1802); that of "subdue by force of arms" is 1610s. Sense of "to lower, diminish, lessen" is from 1787. Related: Reduced; reducing.

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reduce in Medicine

reduce re·duce (rĭ-dōōs', -dyōōs')
v. re·duced, re·duc·ing, re·duc·es

  1. To bring down, as in extent, amount, or degree; diminish.

  2. To lose weight, as by dieting.

  3. To restore a fractured or displaced body part to a normal condition or position.

  4. To decrease the valence of an atom by adding electrons.

  5. To remove oxygen from a compound.

  6. To add hydrogen to a compound.


re·duc'er n.
re·duc'i·bil'i·ty n.
re·duc'i·ble adj.
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reduce in Technology
language, mathematics
A symbolic mathematics language with ALGOL-like syntax, written in Lisp by Anthony Hearn in 1963.
Reduce 2 is a version based on Portable Standard LISP.
(http://rrz.uni-koeln.de/REDUCE/).
E-mail: .
Server: reduce-netlib@rand.org.
["REDUCE, Software for Algebraic Computation", G. Rayna, Springer 1987].
(1994-10-31)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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