reduce to - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyreduce to
he/she/itreduces to
present participlereducing to
past tensereduced to
past participlereduced to
  1. 1
    reduce something to something to make something change into a different form by damaging it or crushing it

    The fruit is reduced to a pulp and then mixed with sugar.

    This beautiful forest has been reduced to a wasteland.

    reduce something to rubble/dust/ashes:

    The building was reduced to rubble by the explosion.

  2. 2
    reduce someone to something to force someone into an unpleasant state or situation

    Stress had reduced him to a nervous wreck.

    1. a.
      reduce someone to tears/silence to upset or shock someone so much that they cry or are unable to speak
See also main entry: reduce