1. reducing - noun
· 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
2. reducing - noun
· loss of excess weight (as by dieting); becoming slimmer; "a doctor supervised her reducing"
3. reduce - verb
· cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
4. reduce - verb
· make less complex; "reduce a problem to a single question"
5. reduce - verb
· bring to humbler or weaker state or condition; "He reduced the population to slavery"
6. reduce - verb
· simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
7. reduce - verb
· lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation; "She reduced her niece to a servant"
8. reduce - verb
· be the essential element; "The proposal boils down to a compromise"
9. reduce - verb
· reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?"
10. reduce - verb
· lessen and make more modest; "reduce one's standard of living"
11. reduce - verb
· make smaller; "reduce an image"
12. reduce - verb
· 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
13. reduce - verb
· narrow or limit; "reduce the influx of foreigners"
14. reduce - verb
· 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"
15. reduce - verb
· undergo meiosis; "The cells reduce"
16. reduce - verb
· reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site
17. reduce - verb
· destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it
18. reduce - verb
· reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
19. reduce - verb
· be cooked until very little liquid is left; "The sauce should reduce to one cup"
20. reduce - verb
· cook until very little liquid is left; "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
21. reduce - verb
· lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon"
22. reduce - verb
· take off weight
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