Definition of reduce :
1. 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.
2. To bring or lead back to any former place or condition.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. To bring to terms; to humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture; as, to reduce a province or a fort.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. To restore to its proper place or condition, as a displaced organ or part; as, to reduce a dislocation, a fracture, or a hernia.
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curtail (part of speech: verb)
alleviate (part of speech: verb)
simplify (part of speech: verb)
dilute (part of speech: verb)
lighten (part of speech: verb)
diminish (part of speech: verb)
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cheapen (part of speech: verb)
discount (part of speech: verb)
detract (part of speech: verb)
subtract (part of speech: verb)
- You will not reduce me to silence, for Truth speaks in me and can never be dumb. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
- A man may reduce all the causes of faith- breaking to three heads. - "Machiavelli, Volume I The Art of War; and The Prince", Niccolò Machiavelli.
- Hence, you note this fact: The pressure must be sufficiently intense to bring the melting point below the prevailing temperature, or there will be no melting; and the further we reduce the melting point by pressure below the prevailing temperature, the more ice will be melted. - "The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays", J. (John) Joly.