verb (used with object), re·duced, re·duc·ing.
- to add electrons to.
- to deoxidize.
- to add hydrogen to.
- to change (a compound) so that the valence of the positive element is lower.
verb (used without object), re·duced, re·duc·ing.
Origin of reduce
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Contemporary Examples of reduce
Having a criminal record can reduce the likelihood of getting a callback or job offer by 50 percent.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
We kind of reduce things to the lowest common denominator, in some ways for good and in some ways not for good.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
Like background check laws across the country, it will help keep guns out of dangerous hands, reduce gun crime, and save lives.The NRA’s Twisted List for Santa
December 23, 2014
The studio took him at his word and jumped at the chance to close down, or at least reduce, his costly operation.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
But mayors generally favor ways to reduce political heat with independent probes.Dear GOP: Fix the Damn Justice System!
December 7, 2014
Historical Examples of reduce
My plan was to reduce each man's ration of flower from 7lbs.
"While you're reducing the size of it you might also reduce the pain in it," said Dick.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The action of the soul is to reduce fear to simple prudence.Initiation into Philosophy
Then add three tablespoonsful of vinegar and reduce the sauce.
Skim the stock and reduce it to a glaze to cover the sweetbreads.
verb (mainly tr)
- to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction with hydrogen or formation of a hydride
- to lose or cause to lose oxygen atoms
- to undergo or cause to undergo an increase in the number of electronsCompare oxidize
Word Origin for reduce
late 14c., "bring back," from Old French reducer (14c.), from Latin reducere "lead back, bring back," figuratively "restore, replace," from re- "back" (see re-) + ducere "bring, lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "bring to an inferior condition" is 1570s; that of "bring to a lower rank" is 1640s (military reduce to ranks is from 1802); that of "subdue by force of arms" is 1610s. Sense of "to lower, diminish, lessen" is from 1787. Related: Reduced; reducing.