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English

Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] reducere, reductum; prefix red-. From re- + ducere (to lead). See duke, and compare with redoubt.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to reduce

Third person singular
reduces

Simple past
reduced

Past participle
-

Present participle
reducing

to reduce (third-person singular simple present reduces, present participle reducing, simple past and past participle reduced)
  1. (transitive) To bring down the size, quantity, value or intensity of something; to diminish, to lower, to impair.
    • to reduce weight, speed, heat, expenses, price, personnel etc.
  2. (intransitive) To lose weight.
  3. (transitive) To bring to an inferior rank; to degrade, to demote.
    • to reduce a sergeant to the ranks
    • An ancient but reduced family. --Sir W. Scott.
    • Nothing so excellent but a man may fasten upon something belonging to it, to reduce it. --Tillotson.
    • Having reduced their foe to misery beneath their fears. --Milton.
    • Hester Prynne was shocked at the condition to which she found the clergyman reduced. --Hawthorne.
  4. (transitive) To humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture.
    • to reduce a province or a fort
  5. (transitive) To bring to an inferior state or condition.
    • to reduce a city to ashes
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To decrease the liquid content of food by boiling much of its water off.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To add electrons to or remove hydrogen.
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To produce metal from ore by removing nonmetallic elements in a smelter.
  9. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To simplify an equation or formula without changing its value.

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See also

References

reduce” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


Italian

Adjective

reduce m and f (m and f plural reduci) (da)

  1. returning (from)

Noun

reduce m. (plural reduci)

  1. survivor
  2. veteran (of a conflict)

Romanian

Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:ro:Template:lang:la derivations]] reducere.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [re'du.ʧe]

Verb

a reduce conjugation type 3

  1. (transitive) to reduce, to lessen

Conjugation

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Spanish

Verb

reduce (infinitive: reducir)

  1. Informal second-person singular (“tú”) affirmative imperative form of reducir.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of reducir.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of reducir.

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