reduce has definitions from the fields of chemistry,mathematics,politics,surgery,food
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[ verb ] cut down on; make a reduction in

Examples

"reduce your daily fat intake" "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

However , the jury said it believes `` these two offices should be combined to achieve greater efficiency and reduce the cost of administration '' .

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

A Houston teacher , now serving in the Legislature , proposed Thursday a law reducing the time spent learning `` educational methods '' .

Rep._Henry_C._Grover , who teaches history in the Houston public_schools , would reduce from 24 to 12 semester_hours the so-called `` teaching_methods '' courses required to obtain a junior or senior_high_school teaching_certificate .

The report , culminating a year long study of the ADC program in Cook county by a New_York_City welfare consulting_firm , listed 10 long_range recommendations designed to reduce the soaring ADC case_load .

(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)

Baltimore 's bulky spring_training contingent now gradually will be reduced as Manager Paul_Richards and his coaches seek to trim it down to a more streamlined and workable unit .

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[ verb ] make less complex

Synonyms

simplify

Examples

"reduce a problem to a single question"

Used in print

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

Too many records seem to reduce a work of symphonic complexity to a melody and its accompaniment .

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[ verb ] bring to humbler or weaker state or condition

Examples

"He reduced the population to slavery"

Used in print

(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)

Although the theological forms of the past continue to exist in a way they do not in a more secularized situation , the striking thing is the rapidity with which they are being reduced to a marginal existence .

Related terms

demote

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[ verb ] lower in grade or rank

Examples

"She reduced her niece to a servant" force somebody into an unpleasant situation

Used in print

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

But her personality was such_that each affair lasted only until that lover , too , had been conquered and reduced to passivity .

Related terms

degrade

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[ verb ] be the essential element

Synonyms

come_down boil_down

Examples

"The proposal boils down to a compromise"

Used in print

(Kenneth Hoffman and Ray Kunze, Linear Al...)

From these results , one sees that the study of linear_operators on vector spaces over an algebraically closed field is essentially reduced to the study of nilpotent operators .

Thus , the study of the solutions to the equation * * f is reduced to the study of the space of solutions of a differential_equation of the form * * f .

Related terms

become

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[ verb ] (mathematics) simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another

Used in print

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

Not all the observers have used the same procedures or made the same assumptions about the lunar brightness distribution when reducing the data , and this , together with differences in the methods of calibrating the antennae and receivers , must account_for much of the disagreement in the measured radio_brightness temperatures .

Related terms

substitute mathematics

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[ verb ] reduce in size; reduce physically

Synonyms

shrink

Examples

"Hot water will shrink the sweater" "Can you shrink this image?"

Used in print

(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)

Most meteoritic material , by the time it reaches the Earth's_surface , has been reduced to dust or to spherules of ablated material in its passage through the atmosphere .

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[ verb ] make smaller

Synonyms

scale_down

Examples

"reduce an image"

Used in print

(Francis J. Johnston and John E. Willard, "The...)

Direct proportionality of the rate to the incident intensity has also been assumed in obtaining the value in the last column for the fourth sample of series /2 , where the light intensity was reduced by use of a screen .

Related terms

blow_up shrink decrease

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[ verb ] lessen and make more modest

Examples

"reduce one's standard of living"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

Smokers reduced to `` the makings '' , spoke of the sack tobacco as `` Hoover dust '' .

Related terms

impoverish

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[ verb ] narrow or limit

Synonyms

tighten

Examples

"reduce the influx of foreigners"

Used in print

(John Harnsberger and Robert P. Wilkins,...)

To reduce further the flow of goods from England , the Company 's local officials asked that its London authorities refrain_from forwarding any more trade goods to these men .

Related terms

restrict

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[ verb ] (chemistry) 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

Synonyms

deoxidise deoxidize

Used in print

(Jacob Robbins et al., "The thyroid-stimulating...)

The mechanism of action of these drugs has not been completely worked_out , but certain of them appear to act by reducing the oxidised form of iodine before it can iodinate thyroglobulin ( Astwood , 1954 ) .

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[ verb ] (politics) put down by force or intimidation

Examples

"The government quashes any attempt of an uprising" "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently" "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"

Related terms

oppress clamp_down overcomer

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[ verb ] (food) cook until very little liquid is left, as of sauces

Examples

"The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"

Related terms

decrease cooking concentrate

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[ verb ] reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

Examples

"The manuscript must be shortened"

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[ verb ] (food) be cooked until very little is left; as of sauces

Examples

"The sauce should reduce to one cup"

Related terms

decrease cooking concentrate

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[ verb ] lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture

Synonyms

dilute cut thin_out thin

Examples

"cut bourbon"

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[ verb ] undergo meiosis

Examples

"The cells reduce"

Related terms

separate

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[ verb ] (surgery) reposition back to its normal site, as of a broken bone, in surgery

Related terms

reposition

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[ verb ] take off weight
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