reduce

[[t]rɪdju͟ːs, AM -du͟ːs[/t]]
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reduces, reducing, reduced
1) VERB If you reduce something, you make it smaller in size or amount, or less in degree.

[V n] It reduces the risks of heart disease...

[V n] Consumption is being reduced by 25 per cent...

[V-ed] The reduced consumer demand is also affecting company profits.

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2) VERB: usu passive If someone is reduced to a weaker or inferior state, they become weaker or inferior as a result of something that happens to them.

[be V-ed to n] They were reduced to extreme poverty...

[V-ed] They wanted the army reduced to a police force.

3) VERB: usu passive If you say that someone is reduced to doing something, you mean that they have to do it, although it is unpleasant or embarrassing.

[be V-ed to n/-ing] He was reduced to begging for a living.

4) VERB: usu passive If something is changed to a different or less complicated form, you can say that it is reduced to that form.

[be V-ed to n] All the buildings in the town have been reduced to rubble...

[be V-ed to n] Politics has been reduced to class struggle.

5) V-ERG If you reduce liquid when you are cooking, or if it reduces, it is boiled in order to make it less in quantity and thicker.

[V n] Boil the liquid in a small saucepan to reduce it by half...

Simmer until mixture reduces.

6) PHRASE: usu in PHR If you say that someone is living in reduced circumstances, you mean that they do not have as much money as they used to have. [FORMAL]

They are the descendants of emperors and kings and are now living in reduced circumstances.

7) PHRASE: V inflects If someone or something reduces you to silence, they make you feel so upset or confused that you cannot speak.

Her challenge reduced them to silence.

8) PHRASE: V inflects If someone or something reduces you to tears, they make you feel so sad that you cry.

The attentions of the media reduced her to tears.


English dictionary. 2008.

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