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reduce

re·duce

reduce

 
 
pronunciation:
rih dus
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: reduced, reduces, reducing
definition 1: to make less in amount or size.
I reduced the amount of sugar in the recipe.Building the new highway reduced traffic on the old one.Since the school budget was reduced, students receive less instruction in music and art.They temporarily reduced the price in order to increase sales.
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synonyms:
decrease, diminish, lessen, lower, moderate, modify
antonyms:
enlarge, extend, heighten, increase, magnify
similar words:
abate, abbreviate, abridge, boil down, condense, contract, cool, cut down, degrade, lighten, narrow, pare, prune, retrench, scant, shorten, shrink, slash
definition 2: to bring to a low condition (usually followed by "to").
They reduced the enemy to ruins.
synonyms:
lower
similar words:
abase, damage, debase, degrade, destroy, humble, impoverish
definition 3: to lower the price of.
The store reduced all its merchandise after Christmas.
synonyms:
bring down
antonyms:
raise
similar words:
cut, depress, discount, slash
definition 4: to separate into parts by analysis.
We'll have the substance reduced in the lab.
synonyms:
analyze
similar words:
break down, fractionate
definition 5: to make thinner; dilute.
This lemonade is too strong; add some water to reduce it.
synonyms:
cut, dilute, water down
similar words:
thin
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to decrease in weight, or to lose weight intentionally through dieting.
I'm avoiding desserts since I'm trying to reduce.
synonyms:
diet, slenderize, slim down, thin down
antonyms:
fatten
definition 2: to become reduced; become smaller or less.
The redness of the skin will slowly reduce.
derivations: reducible (adj.), reducibility (n.)
Word Parts
The word reduce contains the following part:
duc, duct Latin root that means lead; draw along