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Reduce meaning

reduce - 19 dictionary results

  1. 1. cook until very little liquid is left; " The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
  2. 2. be cooked until very little liquid is left; " The sauce should reduce to one cup"
  3. 3. to remove oxygen from a compound, or cause to react with hydrogen or form a hydride, or to undergo an increase in the number of electrons
  4. 4. make less complex; " reduce a problem to a single question"
  5. 5. reposition ( a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site
  6. 6. undergo meiosis; " The cells reduce"
  7. 7. lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation; " She reduced her niece to a servant"
  8. 8. simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
  9. 9. lessen and make more modest; " reduce one's standard of living"
  10. 10. bring to humbler or weaker state or condition; " He reduced the population to slavery"
  11. 11. To bring or lead back to any former place or condition.
  12. 12. To bring to any inferior state, with respect to rank, size, quantity, quality, value, etc.; to diminish; to lower; to degrade; to impair; as, to reduce a sergeant to the ranks; to reduce a drawing; to reduce expenses; to reduce the intensity of heat.
  13. 13. To bring to terms; to humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture; as, to reduce a province or a fort.
  14. 14. To bring to a certain state or condition by grinding, pounding, kneading, rubbing, etc.; as, to reduce a substance to powder, or to a pasty mass; to reduce fruit, wood, or paper rags, to pulp.
  15. 15. To bring into a certain order, arrangement, classification, etc.; to bring under rules or within certain limits of descriptions and terms adapted to use in computation; as, to reduce animals or vegetables to a class or classes; to reduce a series of observations in astronomy; to reduce language to rules.
  16. 16. To change the form of a quantity or expression without altering its value; as, to reduce fractions to their lowest terms, to a common denominator, etc.
  17. 17. To bring to the metallic state by separating from impurities; hence, in general, to remove oxygen from; to deoxidize; to combine with, or to subject to the action of, hydrogen; as, ferric iron is reduced to ferrous iron; or metals are reduced from their ores; -- opposed to oxidize.
  18. 18. To restore to its proper place or condition, as a displaced organ or part; as, to reduce a dislocation, a fracture, or a hernia.
  19. 19. To bring back; lessen; lower; change into equivalent values.

reduce - examples of usage

  1. Reduce the milk by one- half or two- thirds. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. Or would this man do what no man alive had yet been able to do- reduce her to silence? - "They Call Me Carpenter", Upton Sinclair.
  3. I have some goods that were given to me to supply Mr. Bruce's fishermen with including some of that cotton, and I have never been told to reduce the price. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
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