reduce Definition

  • 1to make something smaller in size, amount, or degree
  • 2to simplify or make something more basic
  • 3to lower the price of something

Using reduce: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "reduce" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We need to reduce our expenses to save money.

  • Example

    The recipe calls for reducing the sauce by half.

  • Example

    The company is planning to reduce its workforce.

  • Example

    The government has promised to reduce taxes.

reduce Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using reduce

  • to cause someone to be in a particular state or condition


    The constant criticism reduced him to a nervous wreck.

  • to study something in great detail and understand it completely


    He has reduced cooking to a science, experimenting with different ingredients and techniques.

  • to put something in writing, especially a legal agreement


    We need to reduce the terms of the contract to writing before we sign it.

Phrases with reduce

  • to make someone cry


    The movie was so sad that it reduced me to tears.

  • to completely destroy a building or structure


    The earthquake reduced the city to rubble.

  • to completely burn something


    The fire reduced the house to ashes.

Origins of reduce

from Latin 'reducere', meaning 'bring back'


Summary: reduce in Brief

The verb 'reduce' [rɪˈdjuːs] means to make something smaller, simpler, or less expensive. It can refer to decreasing expenses, simplifying a recipe, lowering the workforce, or reducing taxes. The phrase 'reduce to tears' means to make someone cry, while 'reduce to rubble' and 'reduce to ashes' mean to completely destroy something. The idiom 'reduce someone to something' means to cause someone to be in a particular state or condition.

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