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  • take off weight
  • lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
    • cut bourbon
  • cook until very little liquid is left
    • The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time
  • be cooked until very little liquid is left
    • The sauce should reduce to one cup
  • reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
    • The manuscript must be shortened
  • destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it
  • reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site
  • undergo meiosis
    • The cells reduce
  • 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
  • narrow or limit
    • reduce the influx of foreigners
  • 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
  • make smaller
    • reduce an image
  • lessen and make more modest
    • reduce one's standard of living
  • reduce in size; reduce physically
    • Hot water will shrink the sweater
    • Can you shrink this image?
  • be the essential element
    • The proposal boils down to a compromise
  • lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
    • She reduced her niece to a servant
  • simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
  • bring to humbler or weaker state or condition
    • He reduced the population to slavery
  • make less complex
    • reduce a problem to a single question
  • cut down on; make a reduction in
    • reduce your daily fat intake
    • The employer wants to cut back health benefits
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