v 1: be the essential element; "The proposal boils down to a
compromise" [syn: reduce, come down]
2: be cooked until very little is left; as of sauces; "The
sauce should reduce to one cup" [syn: reduce, decoct, concentrate]
3: cook until very little liquid is left, as of sauces; "The
cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
[syn: reduce, concentrate]