Meaning of REDUCE in English


(~s, reducing, ~d)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If you ~ something, you make it smaller in size or amount, or less in degree.

It ~s the risks of heart disease...

The ~d consumer demand is also affecting company profits.

? increase

VERB: V n, V-ed


If someone is ~d to a weaker or inferior state, they become weaker or inferior as a result of something that happens to them.

They were ~d to extreme poverty...

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed to n


If you say that someone is ~d to doing something, you mean that they have to do it, although it is unpleasant or embarrassing.

He was ~d to begging for a living.

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed to n/-ing


If something is changed to a different or less complicated form, you can say that it is ~d to that form.

All the buildings in the town have been ~d to rubble...

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed to n


If you ~ liquid when you are cooking, or if it ~s, it is boiled in order to make it less in quantity and thicker.

Boil the liquid in a small saucepan to ~ it by half...

Simmer until mixture ~s.

VERB: V n, V


If someone or something ~s you to tears, they make you feel so unhappy that you cry.

The attentions of the media ~d her to tears.

PHRASE: V inflects

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