reduce

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reduce is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
reduce

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
reduce

Third-person singular
reduces

Past tense
reduced

Past participle
reduced

Present participle
reducing

  1. (transitive) If something is reduced, it has been brought down or made smaller.
    The new computer system should reduce the number of problems.
    This image is too large, could you please reduce the size?
    Eating well will reduce the risk of heart disease.
    Our time in the country was reduced to just a few days.
    Taxes have been reduced by 24 percent.
  2. (transitive & intransitive) If you reduce a liquid, you boil it to make it thicker.

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