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Noun: reducing  ri'd(y)oo-sing
  1. Any process in which electrons are added to an atom or ion (as by removing oxygen or adding hydrogen); always occurs accompanied by oxidation of the reducing agent
    - reduction
  2. Loss of excess weight (as by dieting); becoming slimmer
    "a doctor supervised her reducing"
Verb: reduce  ri'd(y)oos
  1. Make a reduction in, cut down on
    "reduce your daily fat intake";
    - cut down, cut back, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring down
  2. Make less complex
    "reduce a problem to a single question"
  3. Bring to humbler or weaker state or condition
    "He reduced the population to slavery"
  4. (mathematics) simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
  5. Lower in grade, rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
    "She reduced her niece to a servant"
  6. Be the essential element
    "The proposal reduces to a compromise";
    - come down, boil down
  7. Reduce in size; reduce physically
    - shrink
  8. Lessen and make more modest
    "reduce one's standard of living"
  9. Make smaller
    "reduce an image";
    - scale down
  10. (chemistry) 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
    - deoxidize, deoxidise [Brit]
  11. Narrow or limit
    "reduce the influx of foreigners";
    - tighten
  12. Put down by force or intimidation
    "The government reduces any attempt of an uprising";
    - repress, quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate
  13. Undergo meiosis
    "The cells reduce"
  14. Reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site
  15. (linguistics) destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it
  16. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
    "The manuscript must be reduced";
    - abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract
  17. (cooking) be cooked until very little liquid is left
    "The sauce should reduce to one cup";
    - boil down, decoct [archaic], concentrate
  18. (cooking) cook until very little liquid is left
    "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time";
    - boil down, concentrate
  19. Lessen the strength or flavour of a solution or mixture
    - dilute, thin, thin out, cut
  20. Take off weight
    - melt off, slim, slenderize, thin, slim down, slenderise [Brit], lose weight

Derived forms: reducings

Type of: become, bound, break, bump, change, change state, chemical reaction, confine, crush, decrease, de-emphasise [Brit], de-emphasize, degrade, demean, demote, destress, diminish, disgrace, divide, exchange, fall, impoverish, interchange, kick downstairs, lessen, limit, loss, minify, oppress, part, put down, reaction, relegate, replace, reposition, restrict, separate, simplify, sub, substitute, suppress, take down, throttle, trammel, turn, weaken

Antonym: blow up, gain

Encyclopedia: Reducing

Reduce, reuse, recycle