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verb (reduces, reducing, reduced)
  1. (transitive) To bring down the size, quantity, value or intensity of something; to diminish, to lower, to impair.
    • to weight, speed, heat, expenses, price, personnel etc.
      1. (intransitive) To lose weight.
      2. (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.
      1. (transitive) To humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture.
    • to a province or a fort
      1. (transitive) To bring to an inferior state or condition.
    • to a city to ashes
      1. (context, transitive, cooking) To decrease the liquid content of food by boiling much of its water off.
      2. (context, transitive, chemistry) To add electrons to or remove hydrogen.
      3. (context, transitive, metallurgy) To produce metal from ore by removing nonmetallic elements in a smelter.
      4. (context, transitive, math) To simplify an equation or formula without changing its value.
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).


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