1. cut down on; make a reduction in

- reduce your daily fat intake

Similar word(s): cut, trim

Definition categories: change, decrease, lessen, minify

2. make less complex

- reduce a problem to a single question

Definition categories: change, simplify

3. bring to humbler or weaker state or condition

- He reduced the population to slavery

Definition categories: social, break, bump, demote, relegate

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

Definition categories: possession, exchange, interchange, replace, substitute

5. lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation

- She reduced her niece to a servant

Definition categories: emotion, degrade, demean, disgrace

6. be the essential element

Definition categories: change, become, turn

7. reduce in size; reduce physically

Similar word(s): shrink

Definition categories: change, decrease, lessen, minify

8. lessen and make more modest

- reduce one's standard of living

Definition categories: possession, impoverish

9. make smaller

- reduce an image

Definition categories: change, reduce, shrink

10. 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

Similar word(s): deoxidise, deoxidize

Definition categories: change

11. narrow or limit

- reduce the influx of foreigners

Similar word(s): tighten

Definition categories: change, bound, confine, limit, restrict, throttle, trammel

12. put down by force or intimidation

Similar word(s): quash, repress, subdue, subjugate

Definition categories: social, crush, oppress, suppress

13. undergo meiosis

- The cells reduce

Definition categories: contact, divide, part, separate

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

Definition categories: contact, reposition

15. destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it

Definition categories: change, destress

16. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

Similar word(s): abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, shorten

Definition categories: change, decrease, lessen, minify

17. be cooked until very little liquid is left

- The sauce should reduce to one cup

Similar word(s): concentrate, decoct

Definition categories: change, decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

18. cook until very little liquid is left

- The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time

Similar word(s): concentrate

Definition categories: change, decrease, lessen, minify

19. lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture

Similar word(s): cut, dilute, thin

Definition categories: change, weaken

20. take off weight

Similar word(s): slenderize, slim, thin

Definition categories: body, turn