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Definition of reduce:
- To change, as numbers, from one denomination into another without altering their value, or from one denomination into others of the same value; as, to reduce pounds, shillings, and pence to pence, or to reduce pence to pounds; to reduce days and hours to minutes, or minutes to days and hours.
- In Scotch law. To rescind or annul.
- 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.
- 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.
- To bring back; lessen; lower; change into equivalent values.
- To diminish; lower; degrade; subdue; change the form or denomination of.
- reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; " The manuscript must be shortened"
- cook until very little liquid is left, as of sauces; " The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
- be cooked until very little is left; as of sauces; " The sauce should reduce to one cup"
- remove oxygen from a compound, in chemistry
- take off weight
- narrow or limit; " reduce the influx of foreigners"
- make smaller; " reduce an image"
- reposition back to its normal site, as of a broken bone, in surgery
- cook until very little liquid is left; " The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
- be cooked until very little liquid is left; " The sauce should reduce to one cup"
- make less complex; " reduce a problem to a single question"
- reposition ( a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site
- undergo meiosis; " The cells reduce"
- lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation; " She reduced her niece to a servant"
- simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
- lessen and make more modest; " reduce one's standard of living"
- bring to humbler or weaker state or condition; " He reduced the population to slavery"
- 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.
- 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.
- 1. To replace, as the bowel in a hernia, the ends of a fractured bone, or a dislocation. 2. In chemistry to deoxidize, to restore an oxide to its metallic form. 3. To weaken.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- To bring to terms; to humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture; as, to reduce a province or a fort.
- 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.
- 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.
- To restore to its proper place or condition, as a displaced organ or part; as, to reduce a dislocation, a fracture, or a hernia.
Usage examples for reduce
But to do so, he had to reduce the whole calculation to the extreme abstract, and feed his lean friend, as it were, on dew and roots; and the happy effect for Vernon lay in a distant future, on the borders of old age, where he was to be blessed with his lady's regretful preference, and rejoice in the fruits of good constitutional habits. The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith