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.
SYNONYMS FOR reduce
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Origin of reduce
OTHER WORDS FROM reducean·ti·re·duc·ing, adjective, nounnon·re·duc·ing, adjectiveo·ver·re·duce, verb, o·ver·re·duced, o·ver·re·duc·ing.
Example sentences from the Web for reduce
Other research has hypothesized that masks can filter out some of the virus-carrying particles, reducing the viral dose and how ill the wearer may become.Inconclusive results, missing data: Experts push back on a study questioning the efficacy of masks|Meryl Kornfield|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Masking, social distancing and limited capacity can reduce the risk of transmission indoors but cannot eliminate it.Virginia’s coronavirus numbers are rising. Here’s what you need to know.|Antonio Olivo|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The experts made the recommendation after the results of a global trial sponsored by the WHO, called Solidarity, found last month that remdesivir didn’t reduce deaths.WHO advises against using Gilead’s remdesivir to treat hospitalized COVID patients|Claire Zillman, reporter|November 20, 2020|Fortune
The city’s only free skating rink will reduce capacity by one-third and requires reservations for skating and rentals.NYC for the holidays: The city’s classic traditions have been tweaked for the times|Andrea Sachs|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Some have highlighted the decline in emissions this year as a positive sign for our collective ability to rapidly change behaviors and practices in ways that could reduce the risks of climate change.US emissions plummeted this year—for all the wrong reasons|James Temple|November 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Getting men to do their share of care and domestic work is a key overlooked strategy in reducing poverty.
This represents major progress in reducing conflict financing.Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War|John Prendergast|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Melissa Leon|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's also become the largest energy producer in the world, even while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Now, we talk about reducing the stigma of this disease—yet we've treated a visitor living with it as a threat.They May Sound Like a Good Idea, But Travel Bans for Ebola Won’t Work|Abby Haglage|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But before the hope of reducing the town by main force was relinquished, it was determined to make a great effort.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
And so it is to-day with the owners of slaves working in the mines; no one dreams of reducing the number of his hands.On Revenues|Xenophon
The usual means of reducing fresh burned stone lime to a condition that makes even distribution upon land possible is by slaking.Right Use of Lime in Soil Improvement|Alva Agee
This is the theory, and we have been most successful in reducing it to practice.
It is a reducing sugar; forms a characteristic osazone; and exhibits mutarotation.The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
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