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Synonyms for reduce

Verb

1. reduce, cut down, cut back, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring down, decrease, lessen, minify
usage: cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
2. reduce, simplify
usage: make less complex; "reduce a problem to a single question"
3. reduce, demote, bump, relegate, break, kick downstairs
usage: bring to humbler or weaker state or condition; "He reduced the population to slavery"
4. reduce, substitute, replace, interchange, exchange
usage: simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
5. reduce, take down, degrade, disgrace, demean, put down
usage: lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation; "She reduced her niece to a servant"
6. reduce, come down, boil down, become, turn
usage: be the essential element; "The proposal boils down to a compromise"
7. shrink, reduce, decrease, lessen, minify
usage: reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?"
8. reduce, impoverish
usage: lessen and make more modest; "reduce one's standard of living"
9. reduce, scale down, shrink, reduce
usage: make smaller; "reduce an image"
10. deoxidize, deoxidise, reduce, change
usage: 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
11. reduce, tighten, restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle
usage: narrow or limit; "reduce the influx of foreigners"
12. repress, quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduce, oppress, suppress, crush
usage: put down by force or intimidation; "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"
13. reduce, separate, divide, part
usage: undergo meiosis; "The cells reduce"
14. reduce, reposition
usage: reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site
15. reduce, de-emphasize, de-emphasise, destress
usage: destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it
16. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce, decrease, lessen, minify
usage: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
17. boil down, reduce, decoct, concentrate, decrease, diminish, lessen, fall
usage: be cooked until very little liquid is left; "The sauce should reduce to one cup"
18. reduce, boil down, concentrate, decrease, lessen, minify
usage: cook until very little liquid is left; "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
19. dilute, thin, thin out, reduce, cut, weaken
usage: lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon"
20. reduce, melt off, lose weight, slim, slenderize, thin, slim down, change state, turn
usage: take off weight
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