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
Examples from the Web for 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|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like background check laws across the country, it will help keep guns out of dangerous hands, reduce gun crime, and save lives.
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But mayors generally favor ways to reduce political heat with independent probes.
Fired with ambition by these successes, he pressed boldly onward to reduce the cities and lands of the east.The History of Antiquity, Vol. I (of VI)|Max Duncker
We encounter much difficulty in attempting to reduce these various facts to any rule or law.
Vegetables obtain their nourishment from mineral substances, which they reduce, de-oxydize, and charge with solar energy.The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc
A regiment of infantry and a battalion of cavalry were put on guard and patrolled the streets to reduce the riotous to order.From Fort Henry to Corinth|Manning Ferguson Force
For answer Johnny whistled once, cupping his lips with his hands, to reduce the likelihood of arousing anyone on board.Sign of the Green Arrow|Roy J. (Roy Judson) Snell
British Dictionary definitions for reduce
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
Word Origin and History 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.