Definición de reduce en inglés:

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Pronunciación: /rəˈd(y)o͞os/


[with object]
1Make smaller or less in amount, degree, or size: the need for businesses to reduce costs the workforce has been reduced to some 6,100 (as adjective reduced) a reduced risk of coronary disease
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  • A new one-piece case also reduces size and cost.
  • This drastically reduces the cost and size of a tunable solution to the system vendor.
  • It is not surprising that Europeans are prepared to pay a considerable amount to reduce the risk of such a change.
lessen, make smaller, lower, bring down, decrease, diminish, minimize;
shrink, narrow, contract, shorten;
ax, cut, cut back/down, make cutbacks in, trim, curtail, slim (down), prune
informal chop
discount, mark down, lower the price of, cut, cut in price, make cheaper, put on sale
informal slash, knock down
1.1 [no object] Become smaller or less in size, amount, or degree: the number of priority homeless cases has reduced slightly
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  • At the same time the number of senior managers has slightly reduced.
  • The report says that the amount of summertime rain will increase by 20% in the west while slightly reducing in the east.
  • By the 14th treatment, the hand swelling had slightly reduced.
1.2Boil (a sauce or other liquid) in cooking so that it becomes thicker and more concentrated.
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  • She reduced the cooking liquid in a saucepan and added more white wine and spices before serving.
  • Next, take out the lobsters, keep them warm and reduce the cooking liquid.
  • Remove onions and set aside; reduce cooking liquid to a light syrup consistency.
1.3 [no object] chiefly North American (Of a person) lose weight, typically by dieting: by May she had reduced to 125 pounds
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  • Respondents were asked to name reasons why patients had not reduced, if they had not done so.
1.4 archaic Conquer (a place), in particular besiege and capture (a town or fortress).
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  • Fortresses were redesigned to take advantage of the defensive potential of modern firearms and techniques for besieging and reducing fortresses were refined.
  • Further, he set aside the likelihood that siege guns and time would reduce the fortress.
  • A couple of weeks was spent reducing the last major fortress to the south of Antioch, then Raymond led the army southward on 13 January 1099.
1.5 Photography Make (a negative or print) less dense.
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  • I have noted that the print is reduced considerably during this washing process, but usually regains its full tonal range in the fix.
1.6 Phonetics Articulate (a speech sound) in a way requiring less muscular effort. In vowels, this gives rise to a more central articulatory position.
2 (reduce someone/something to) Bring someone or something to (a lower or weaker state, condition, or role): she has been reduced to near poverty the church was reduced to rubble
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  • A large part of the Paradise Hotel was reduced to rubble and the rest was reduced to a smouldering shell.
  • They'd be reduced to blubbering babies, begging for their lives.
  • Their houses, shops and factories were reduced to ashes.
bring to, bring to the point of, drive to
2.1 (be reduced to doing something) (Of a person) be forced by difficult circumstances into doing something desperate: ordinary soldiers are reduced to begging
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  • She and her sister stayed in Moscow where they were reduced to burning books for warmth.
  • Yet the group failed to produce any biological agent, and were reduced to poking bags with umbrellas to disseminate the sarin gas they were able to make.
  • After Owen's long-range gem, Patrik Berger struck from similar distance and Boro were reduced to chasing shadows from then on.
2.2Make someone helpless with (an expression of emotion, especially with hurt, shock, or amusement): Olga was reduced to stunned silence
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  • Hardened Royal Marines were reduced to tears yesterday as the funeral of Yorkshire war hero Christopher Maddison was held with full military honours.
  • It had a shattering effect on those present and men and women, who normally take the dangers of racing in their stride, were reduced to tears.
  • At special test screenings, seven out of ten viewers were reduced to tears by the poignant, but simple messages portrayed in the film.
2.3Force into (obedience or submission): he succeeds in reducing his grandees to due obedience
3 (reduce something to) Change a substance to (a different or more basic form): it is difficult to understand how lava could have been reduced to dust
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  • Next, days-old worker bees beat their wings to ventilate the open honeycombs, in order to reduce the substance to a purer sugar.
  • Alkaline hydrolysis or tissue digestion works by breaking apart the chemical bonds that hold proteins together, reducing them to their basic components.
3.1Present a problem or subject in (a simplified form): he reduces unimaginable statistics to manageable proportions
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  • Most science involves taking a large subject and reducing it to ever smaller, more precise questions.
  • He believes that he's forced to simplify and reduce facts to single statements.
  • His designs reduced a natural subject to its essentials.
3.2Convert a fraction to (the form with the lowest terms).
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  • There is no need to reduce the proper fractions to their lowest forms - Euclid's algorithm will still give the correct CF.
  • But Zu would know how to reduce fractions to their lowest terms by dividing top and bottom by the greatest common divisor.
4 Chemistry Cause to combine chemically with hydrogen.
4.1Undergo or cause to undergo a reaction in which electrons are gained by one atom from another. The opposite of oxidize.
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  • Likewise, when an atom is reduced, it gains an electron and becomes more negative.
  • Reactions in which atoms of the same element are both oxidized and reduced are disproportionation reactions.
  • During these reactions, the molecule that donates the electron is oxidized and the molecule that accepts the electron is reduced.
5Restore (a dislocated part) to its proper position by manipulation or surgery.
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  • The dislocation is reduced at the hospital in Taos, but there are so many broken bones that I'll need surgery.
  • Kocher's manoeuvre was attempted to reduce the dislocation.
  • The dislocation should be reduced as soon as possible.
5.1Remedy (a dislocation) by manipulation or surgery.
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  • Digital nerve block followed by hyperextension and longitudinal traction successfully reduces the dislocation.



reduced circumstances

Used euphemistically to refer to the state of being poor after being relatively wealthy: a divorcee living in reduced circumstances
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  • It is a fact of life that the death of a husband or wife results in reduced circumstances for the surviving partner.
  • Despite his seemingly reduced circumstances, Reid was still able to spend almost 3000 on a round-trip ticket from Paris via Miami and Antigua.
  • Having taken advantage of increased funding to become a full-time athlete, he now finds his reduced circumstances and changing priorities have affected his thinking.
impoverished, broke, in straitened circumstances, ruined, bankrupted;
poor, indigent, impecunious, in penury, poverty-stricken, destitute;
needy, badly off, hard up
informal without two cents to rub together, strapped for cash
formal penurious

reduce someone to the ranks

Demote a noncommissioned officer to an ordinary soldier.
demote, downgrade, bring low, lower, lower in rank



Pronunciación: /rəˈd(y)o͞osər/
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • The environmental noise reducer is aimed at industry as well as individuals and the industrial version, for use in factories, could cost £10,000.
  • In addition, some water reducers increase air content.
  • The most effective combinations include at least two antibiotics plus the acid reducers.


Late Middle English: from Latin reducere, from re- 'back, again' + ducere 'bring, lead'. The original sense was 'bring back' (hence 'restore', now surviving in sense 5); this led to 'bring to a different state', then 'bring to a simpler or lower state' (sense 3); and finally 'diminish in size or amount' (sense 1, dating from the late 18th century).

  • duct from mid 17th century:

    Duct comes from Latin ductus meaning both ‘leading’ and ‘aqueduct’ formed from ducere ‘to lead’. The verb has produced numerous words in English including abduct (early 17th century) to lead away; conduct (Middle English) lead with; conduit (Middle English); deduce (Late Middle English) draw a conclusion from something; duke; educate (Late Middle English) ‘lead out’; induce (Late Middle English) lead in; introduce (Late Middle English) bring into (a group etc); produce (Late Middle English) ‘lead forward’; reduce (Late Middle English) bring back; seduce (Late Middle English) lead away (originally from duty, with the sexual sense developing in the M16th); subdue (Late Middle English) ‘draw from below’.

Palabras que riman con reduce

abstruse, abuse, adduce, Ballets Russes, Belarus, Bruce, burnous, caboose, charlotte russe, conduce, deduce, deuce, diffuse, douce, educe, excuse, goose, induce, introduce, juice, Larousse, loose, luce, misuse, moose, mousse, noose, obtuse, Palouse, produce, profuse, puce, recluse, Rousse, seduce, sluice, Sousse, spruce, traduce, truce, use, vamoose, Zeus

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División en sílabas: re·duce

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