reduce: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ri-ds', -dys'), [key]
— v., -duced, -duc•ing.
- to bring down to a smaller extent, size, amount, number, etc.: to reduce one's weight by 10 pounds.
- to lower in degree, intensity, etc.: to reduce the speed of a car.
- to bring down to a lower rank, dignity, etc.: a sergeant reduced to a corporal
- to treat analytically, as a complex idea.
- to lower in price.
- to bring to a certain state, condition, arrangement, etc.: to reduce glass to powder.
- to bring under control or authority.
- to evaporate water from (a sauce, soup, or other liquid), usually by boiling.
- to lessen the density of (an exposed negative).
- to adjust or correct by making allowances, as an astronomical observation.
- to change the denomination or form, but not the value, of (a fraction, polynomial, etc.).
- to add electrons to.
- to deoxidize.
- to add hydrogen to.
- to change (a compound) so that the valence of the positive element is lower.
- to bring into the metallic state by separating from nonmetallic constituents.
- to thin or dilute: to reduce paint with oil or turpentine.
- to lower the alcoholic concentration of (spirits) by diluting with water.
- to restore to the normal place, relation, or condition, as a fractured bone.
- to modify the quality of (a speech sound) to one of lesser distinctiveness, esp. to pronounce (an unstressed vowel) as (&schwa;) or another centralized vowel, as in the unstressed syllables of medicinal.
- to become reduced.
- to become lessened, esp. in weight.
- to be turned into or made to equal something: All our difficulties reduce to financial problems.
- to undergo meiosis.
- reduce (Thesaurus)