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 reducing
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 reducing
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 reducing
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.