verb (reduces, reducing, reduced)
- (transitive) To bring down the size, quantity, value or intensity of something; to diminish, to lower, to impair.
Etymology: (term, reducere, lang=la), (term, reductum, lang=la); prefix (term, red-, lang=la). From (term, re-, lang=la) + (term, ducere, , to lead, lang=la). See (term, duke), and compare with (term, redoubt).
- to weight, speed, heat, expenses, price, personnel etc.
- (intransitive) To lose weight.
- (transitive) To bring to an inferior rank; to degrade, to demote.
- to a sergeant to the ranks
- An ancient but reduced family. --Sir W. Scott.
- Nothing so excellent but a man may fasten upon something belonging to it, to it. --Tillotson.
- Having reduced their foe to misery beneath their fears. --Milton.
- Hester Prynne was shocked at the condition to which she found the clergyman reduced. --Hawthorne.
- (transitive) To humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture.
- to a province or a fort
- (transitive) To bring to an inferior state or condition.
- to a city to ashes
- (context, transitive, cooking) To decrease the liquid content of food by boiling much of its water off.
- (context, transitive, chemistry) To add electrons to or remove hydrogen.
- (context, transitive, metallurgy) To produce metal from ore by removing nonmetallic elements in a smelter.
- (context, transitive, math) To simplify an equation or formula without changing its value.
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