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Definition 1: take off weight - [verb of body]

Synonyms for reduce in the sense of this definition

(reduce is a kind of ...) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

"We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

(... is a kind of reduce ) lose weight by sweating

"I sweated off 3 pounds in the sauna"

Definition 2: cut down on; make a reduction in - [verb of change]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for reduce in the sense of this definition

(reduce is a kind of ...) make smaller

"He decreased his staff"

(... is a kind of reduce ) make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration

"He shortened his trip due to illness"

(... is a kind of reduce ) take off or away

"this prefix was subtracted when the word was borrowed from French"

(... is a kind of reduce ) (of a company) reduce in size or number of employees

"the company downsized its research staff"

(... is a kind of reduce ) increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value

"inflate the currency"

(... is a kind of reduce ) reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices

"deflate the currency"

(... is a kind of reduce ) take away a part from; diminish

"His bad manners detract from his good character"

(... is a kind of reduce ) make thin or thinner

"Thin the solution"

(... is a kind of reduce ) make sparse

"thin out the young plants"

(... is a kind of reduce ) cut drastically

"Prices were slashed"

(... is a kind of reduce ) make a reduction, as in one's workforce

"The company had to retrench"

(... is a kind of reduce ) reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance

(... is a kind of reduce ) reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)

(... is a kind of reduce ) cut the price of

(reduce has a similar meaning as ...) have a reducing effect

"This cuts into my earnings"

Definition 3: narrow or limit - [verb of change]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • reduce the influx of foreigners

Synonyms for reduce in the sense of this definition

(reduce is a kind of ...) place limits on (extent or amount or access)

"restrict the use of this parking lot" "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

Definition 4: cook until very little liquid is left - [verb of change]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for reduce in the sense of this definition

(reduce is a kind of ...) make smaller

"He decreased his staff"

(reduce belongs to category ...) the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

"cooking can be a great art" "people are needed who have experience in cookery" "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"

Definition 5: 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 - [verb of change]

Synonyms for reduce in the sense of this definition

(reduce is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of reduce ) subject to a reduction process

"benficiate ores"

(... is a kind of reduce ) deoxidize molten metals by stirring them with a wooden pole

(reduce belongs to category ...) the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

Definition 6: make smaller - [verb of change]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • reduce an image

Synonyms for reduce in the sense of this definition

(reduce is a kind of ...) reduce in size; reduce physically

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

Definition 7: reduce in size; reduce physically - [verb of change]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for reduce in the sense of this definition

(reduce is a kind of ...) make smaller

"He decreased his staff"

(... is a kind of reduce ) make smaller

"reduce an image"

(... is a kind of reduce ) reduce (a sail) by taking in a reef

(... is a kind of reduce ) design or construct on a smaller scale

(... is a kind of reduce ) reduce in population

"The epidemic depopulated the countryside"

(... is a kind of reduce ) design or manufacture in a smaller size

"the car makers downsized the SUVs when fuel became very expensive"

(... is a kind of reduce ) make smaller

"The heat contracted the woollen garment"

(reduce causes ...) become smaller or draw together

"The fabric shrank" "The balloon shrank"

Definition 8: make less complex - [verb of change]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • reduce a problem to a single question

(reduce is a kind of ...) make simpler or easier or reduce in complexity or extent

"We had to simplify the instructions" "this move will simplify our lives"

(... is a kind of reduce ) shorten

"Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'"

Definition 9: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements - [verb of change]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The manuscript must be shortened

Synonyms for reduce in the sense of this definition

(reduce is a kind of ...) make smaller

"He decreased his staff"

(... is a kind of reduce ) edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

"bowdlerize a novel"

(... is a kind of reduce ) make more concise

"condense the contents of a book into a summary"

(reduce has a similar meaning as ...) cut and assemble the components of

"edit film" "cut recording tape"

Definition 10: lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture - [verb of change]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cut bourbon

Synonyms for reduce in the sense of this definition

(reduce is a kind of ...) lessen the strength of

"The fever weakened his body"

(... is a kind of reduce ) make less strong or intense

"water down the mixture"

Definition 11: be cooked until very little liquid is left - [verb of change]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The sauce should reduce to one cup

Synonyms for reduce in the sense of this definition

(reduce is a kind of ...) decrease in size, extent, or range

"The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester" "The cabin pressure fell dramatically" "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds" "his voice fell to a whisper"

(reduce belongs to category ...) the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

"cooking can be a great art" "people are needed who have experience in cookery" "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"

Definition 12: be the essential element - [verb of change]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The proposal boils down to a compromise

Synonyms for reduce in the sense of this definition

(reduce is a kind of ...) undergo a change or development

"The water turned into ice" "Her former friend became her worst enemy" "He turned traitor"

Definition 13: destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it - [verb of change]

(reduce is a kind of ...) reduce the emphasis

(... is a kind of reduce ) reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa

(reduce belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

Definition 14: undergo meiosis - [verb of contact]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The cells reduce

(reduce is a kind of ...) come apart

"The two pieces that we had glued separated"

Definition 15: reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site - [verb of contact]

(reduce is a kind of ...) place into another position

Definition 16: lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation - [verb of emotion]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She reduced her niece to a servant

(reduce is a kind of ...) reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

"She tends to put down younger women colleagues" "His critics took him down after the lecture"

Definition 17: lessen and make more modest - [verb of possession]

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • reduce one's standard of living

(reduce is a kind of ...) make poor

Definition 18: simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another - [verb of possession]

(reduce is a kind of ...) put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items

"the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt" "substitute regular milk for fat-free milk" "synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning"

(reduce belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He reduced the population to slavery

(reduce is a kind of ...) assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

"She was demoted because she always speaks up" "He was broken down to Sergeant"

Samples where reduce or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for reduce in the sense of this definition

(reduce is a kind of ...) come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

"The government oppresses political activists"

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