Definitions of reduce

  1. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; " The manuscript must be shortened"
  2. be the essential element; " The proposal boils down to a compromise"
  3. cook until very little liquid is left, as of sauces; " The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
  4. be cooked until very little is left; as of sauces; " The sauce should reduce to one cup"
  5. remove oxygen from a compound, in chemistry
  6. lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; " cut bourbon"
  7. take off weight
  8. narrow or limit; " reduce the influx of foreigners"
  9. make smaller; " reduce an image"
  10. reduce in size; reduce physically; " Hot water will shrink the sweater"; " Can you shrink this image?"
  11. reposition back to its normal site, as of a broken bone, in surgery
  12. cook until very little liquid is left; " The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
  13. be cooked until very little liquid is left; " The sauce should reduce to one cup"
  14. 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
  15. make less complex; " reduce a problem to a single question"
  16. reposition ( a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site
  17. undergo meiosis; " The cells reduce"
  18. lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation; " She reduced her niece to a servant"
  19. simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
  20. lessen and make more modest; " reduce one's standard of living"
  21. bring to humbler or weaker state or condition; " He reduced the population to slavery"
  22. 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.
  23. To bring to terms; to humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture; as, to reduce a province or a fort.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. To restore to its proper place or condition, as a displaced organ or part; as, to reduce a dislocation, a fracture, or a hernia.
  29. To make less in value, size, etc.; lessen; lower; as, to reduce the cost; bring from a higher to a lower position; degrade; as, to reduce an officer to the ranks; subdue; conquer; as, to reduce an enemy; bring into classes or orders; as, to reduce mankind to races; bring into a particular form or condition; as, reduce sugar to a syrup; in arithmetic, change ( numbers or quantities) from one name or form to another without changing their value; as, to reduce gallons to pints; in chemistry, to take all nonmetallic elements out of ( an ore); in surgery, to restore ( a displaced part) to its right position; as, to reduce a fracture.
  30. Reducible.
  31. Reducer.
  32. To bring into a lower state: to lessen: to impoverish: to subdue: to arrange: ( arith. and alg.) to change numbers or quantities from one denomination into another.
  33. To bring back; lessen; lower; change into equivalent values.
  34. To diminish; lower; degrade; subdue; change the form or denomination of.
  35. To bring to a former state; to bring to any state or condition; to diminish; to lower; to subdue; to bring into subjection; to bring into classes or under rules; to change from one denomination to another. To reduce to the ranks, to degrade a serjeant or corporal for misconduct to the station of a private soldier.
  36. To bring into any state, particularly one made less or diminished; to degrade; to lessen; to subdue; to conquer; to class or arrange; to impoverish; to bring down; to make less in size, quantity, or value; in arith., alg., and logic, to bring from a form less fit, to one more fit, for the operation; in metallurgy, to convert an oxide or an ore into the metallic state, as by smelting; in surg., to restore to its proper place or state, as a dislocated bone.

Usage examples for reduce

  1. He fired the first shot at the foremost man, as he related in after days, 'to reduce the odds. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. 1107 represents a class of rose bit employed to reduce pins to a uniform diameter, and face off the shoulder under the head, or it may be used to cut a recess round a pin, or to cut a recess and leave a pin. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  3. This record on the first page is enough to reduce me- to tears, and I wonder why it doesn't. – The Melting of Molly by Maria Thompson Daviess
  4. The conditions gave nothing of what we regard to- day as most indispensable- since our present fine conception is but to reduce and fill in the material desert, to people and carpet and curtain it. – A Small Boy and Others by Henry James
  5. I think we reduce ourselves to the bare bones too much. – A Hazard of New Fortunes by William Dean Howells
  6. Well, naturally, the capitalist would prefer to reduce the prices of his goods in such a way, if possible, as not to reduce his profits, and that would be his study. – Equality by Edward Bellamy
  7. There is an evident tendency to reduce the complex figures to simple signs whenever the writers proceed to form words. – The Antediluvian World by Ignatius Donnelly
  8. The annual production of food from the 5, 000, 000 acres owned by the national government, and intensively cultivated by the Homecroft Reserve, would tend largely to reduce the cost of living. – Our National Defense: The Patriotism of Peace by George Hebard Maxwell
  9. " You may reduce them by half. – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  10. " Now, sir," continued he, " I should have no objection to compromise; if they would reduce my punishment one- half, I would acknowledge the justice of it, and turn honest when I go out again; but, if I am confined here for three years, why, it is my opinion, that I shall revenge myself upon society as soon as I am turned loose again." – Diary in America, Series One by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  11. Will it reduce, or increase, your working costs? – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  12. We could easily remedy many desperate social difficulties- for the moment at least- if we might reduce half the population of England again to the status of serfs. – Chaucer and His England by G. G. Coulton
  13. He was on the square, treated his workmen mighty fair, and when the other owners tried to reduce wages, and did, Ole wouldn't join them- went right along paying the highest rate on the creek. – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  14. Cesare pushed forward to reduce it. – The Life of Cesare Borgia by Raphael Sabatini
  15. What she wants is, to reduce him to obedience, and then to dismiss him. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  16. I say let us train them both, make them comrades, give them a chance to share the burdens and the rewards, and see if we can't reduce the number of broken hearts in the world. – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  17. As our great aim was now to reduce the enemy's machine- gun fire, I directed Smith- Dorrien to send his pack artillery, which had recently been given him, close down behind the trenches and dig them well in. – 1914 by John French, Viscount of Ypres
  18. They might have lived long enough to reduce our stock to a very low ebb; but there was no hope that they could last more than a few days. – The Sea: Its Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril, & Heroism. Volume 1 by Frederick Whymper