Reduce Definition

rĭ-do͝os, -dyo͝os
reduced, reduces, reducing
verb
reduced, reduces, reducing
To lessen in any way, as in size, weight, amount, value, price, etc.; diminish.
Webster's New World
To bring into a certain order; systematize.
Webster's New World
To put into a simpler or more concentrated form.
Webster's New World
To lower the price of.
The store has drastically reduced winter coats.
American Heritage
To break up into constituent elements by analysis.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Reduce

  • Middle English reducen to bring back from Old French reducier from Latin redūcere re- re- dūcere to lead deuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin redÅ«cere, present active infinitive of redÅ«cō (“reduce"); from re- (“back"), + dÅ«cō (“lead"). See duke, and compare with redoubt.

    From Wiktionary

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