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English verb: reduce

1. reduce (change) cut down on; make a reduction in


SamplesReduce your daily fat intake.
The employer wants to cut back health benefits.


Synonymsbring down, cut, cut back, cut down, trim, trim back, trim down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify


Narrower (hyponym)deflate, detract, downsize, inflate, knock off, quench, retrench, shave, shorten, slash, spill, subtract, take away, thin, thin out


Verb groupcut

2. reduce (change) make less complex


SamplesReduce a problem to a single question.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)simplify


Narrower (hyponym)abbreviate

3. reduce (social) bring to humbler or weaker state or condition


SamplesHe reduced the population to slavery.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate

4. reduce (possession) simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)exchange, interchange, replace, substitute


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

5. reduce (emotion) lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation


SamplesShe reduced her niece to a servant.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)degrade, demean, disgrace, put down, take down

6. reduce (change) be the essential element


SamplesThe proposal boils down to a compromise.


Synonymsboil down, come down


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)become, turn

7. reduce (change) reduce in size; reduce physically


SamplesHot water will shrink the sweater.
Can you shrink this image?.


Synonymsshrink


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify


Narrower (hyponym)contract, depopulate, desolate, downsize, miniaturise, miniaturize, reduce, reef, scale down


Causecontract, shrink

8. reduce (possession) lessen and make more modest


SamplesReduce one's standard of living.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)impoverish

9. reduce (change) make smaller


SamplesReduce an image.


Synonymsscale down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)reduce, shrink


Antonymsblow up, enlarge, magnify

10. reduce (change) to remove oxygen from a compound, or cause to react with hydrogen or form a hydride, or to undergo an increase in the number of electrons


Synonymsdeoxidise, deoxidize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)benficiate, pole


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry


Antonymsoxidise, oxidate, oxidize

11. reduce (change) narrow or limit


SamplesReduce the influx of foreigners.


Synonymstighten


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

12. reduce (social) put down by force or intimidation


SamplesThe government quashes any attempt of an uprising.
China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently.
The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land.


Synonymskeep down, quash, repress, subdue, subjugate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)crush, oppress, suppress

13. reduce (contact) undergo meiosis


SamplesThe cells reduce.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)divide, part, separate

14. reduce (contact) reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)reposition

15. reduce (change) destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)de-emphasise, de-emphasize, destress


Narrower (hyponym)obscure


Domain categorylinguistics

16. reduce (change) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements


SamplesThe manuscript must be shortened.


Synonymsabbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, shorten


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify


Narrower (hyponym)bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, concentrate, condense, digest, expurgate, shorten


Verb groupcut, edit, edit out


Antonymselaborate, expatiate, expound, lucubrate, dilate, exposit, flesh out, enlarge, expand

17. reduce (change) be cooked until very little liquid is left


SamplesThe sauce should reduce to one cup.


Synonymsboil down, concentrate, decoct


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen


Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

18. reduce (change) cook until very little liquid is left


SamplesThe cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time.


Synonymsboil down, concentrate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify


Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

19. reduce (change) lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture


SamplesCut bourbon.


Synonymscut, dilute, thin, thin out


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)weaken


Narrower (hyponym)water down

20. reduce (body) take off weight


Synonymslose weight, melt off, slenderize, slim, slim down, thin


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Narrower (hyponym)sweat off


Antonymsgain, put on









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