reduce (

     v 1: cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat
          intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health
          benefits" [syn: cut down, cut back, trim, {trim
          down}, trim back, cut, bring down]
     2: make less complex; "reduce a problem to a single question"
        [syn: simplify]
     3: bring to humbler or weaker state or condition; "He reduced
        the population to slavery"
     4: simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression
        by substituting one term for another
     5: lower in grade or rank; "She reduced her niece to a
        servant"; force somebody into an unpleasant situation
     6: be the essential element; "The proposal boils down to a
        compromise" [syn: come down, boil down]
     7: reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink
        the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?" [syn: shrink]
     8: lessen; "reduced standard of living"
     9: make smaller; "reduce an image" [syn: scale down] [ant: {blow
     10: remove oxygen from a compound, in chemistry [syn: deoxidize,
          deoxidise] [ant: oxidize]
     11: narrow or limit; "reduce the influx of foreigners" [syn: tighten]
     12: 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" [syn: repress,
          quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate]
     13: undergo meiosis; "The cells reduce"
     14: reposition back to its normal site, as of a broken bone, in
     15: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The
         manuscript must be shortened" [syn: abridge, foreshorten,
          abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract]
     16: be cooked until very little is left; as of sauces; "The
         sauce should reduce to one cup" [syn: boil down, decoct,
     17: cook until very little liquid is left, as of sauces; "The
         cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
         [syn: boil down, concentrate]
     18: lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut
         bourbon" [syn: dilute, thin, thin out, cut]
     19: take off weight [syn: melt off, lose weight, slim, slenderize,
          thin, slim down] [ant: gain]