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
Synonyms for reduce
Antonyms for reduce
Related Words for reducingshortening, reduction, lessening, shrinking, contraction, downsizing, condensing, contracting, decreasing
Examples from the Web for reducing
Contemporary Examples of reducing
Getting men to do their share of care and domestic work is a key overlooked strategy in reducing poverty.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
This represents major progress in reducing conflict financing.Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War
December 3, 2014
Yeah, I mean, as far as Maggie goes, her reducing a church to just “four walls and a roof” says a lot about the character.‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Scott Gimple Teases ‘Darker, Weirder’ Times Ahead
December 2, 2014
It's also become the largest energy producer in the world, even while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Politics End In Halifax As Democratic and GOP Senators Seek Common Ground on National Security
November 22, 2014
Victorious Republican Gov. Nathan Deal boasted of his progress in reducing the number of incarcerated black men in Georgia.How’d the GOP Win? By Running Left
November 6, 2014
Historical Examples of reducing
"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
If we begin by reducing the Spaniards here, that possibility will be removed.Captain Blood
After reducing the towns of Cephallenia, Iphicrates sailed to Corcyra.Hellenica
There was no reducing sail––not now, in this cold rage of weather.The Cruise of the Shining Light
This is the theory, and we have been most successful in reducing it to practice.
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.