"reducing" in the noun sense
1. reduction, reducing
any process in which electrons are added to an atom or ion (as by removing oxygen or adding hydrogen always occurs accompanied by oxidation of the reducing agent
loss of excess weight (as by dieting becoming slimmer
"a doctor supervised her reducing"
"reducing" in the verb sense
1. reduce, cut down, cut back, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring down
cut down on make a reduction in
"reduce your daily fat intake"
"The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
make less complex
"reduce a problem to a single question"
bring to humbler or weaker state or condition
"He reduced the population to slavery"
simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
"She reduced her niece to a servant"
6. reduce, come down, boil down
be the essential element
"The proposal boils down to a compromise"
7. shrink, reduce
reduce in size reduce physically
"Hot water will shrink the sweater"
"Can you shrink this image?"
lessen and make more modest
"reduce one's standard of living"
9. reduce, scale down
"reduce an image"
10. deoxidize, deoxidise, reduce
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
11. reduce, tighten
narrow or limit
"reduce the influx of foreigners"
12. repress, quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate, 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"
"The cells reduce"
reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site
destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it
16. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
"The manuscript must be shortened"
17. boil down, reduce, decoct, concentrate
be cooked until very little liquid is left
"The sauce should reduce to one cup"
18. reduce, boil down, concentrate
cook until very little liquid is left
"The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
19. dilute, thin, thin out, reduce, cut
lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
20. reduce, melt off, slim, slenderize, thin, slim down
take off weight
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