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Synonyms

salami-slice

verb

to gradually reduce something, especially an amount of money that is spent, by giving everything less money, rather than deciding what is important and what is not

top-slice

verb

to reduce an amount of money

cut back

to reduce the amount of something, especially money that you spend

cut down

to reduce an amount of something

reduce

verb

to make something smaller or less in size, amount, importance etc

bring down

to reduce the rate, level, or amount of something

narrow down

to reduce the number of possibilities or choices

decrease

verb

to reduce something

lower

verb

to reduce something in number, amount, value, or strength

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attenuate

verb

formal to reduce the strength, amount, or size of something

balance

verb

to reduce the effect, strength, or amount of something, and as a result make it better

chop

verb

informal to reduce an amount

clip

verb

to reduce a score or quantity by a small amount

curtail

verb

formal to reduce or limit something, especially something good

cushion the blow

to reduce the bad effects of something

cut

verb

to reduce something such as the amount or level of something

cut into

to reduce an amount of something that is available, especially time or money

cut/trim/pare something to the bone

to reduce something to the lowest possible level or amount

debase

verb

formal to reduce the value, quality, or status of something

deplete

verb

to reduce the amount of something or the number of things

dilute

verb

to make a liquid less strong by adding water or another liquid

diminish

verb

to make something become less

drop

verb

to reduce something to a lower amount or value

encroach

verb

to gradually reduce the amount of time that someone has available to do what they want to do

erode

verb

to gradually reduce the value or level of something, or to become reduced in this way

grind away at

to gradually reduce the strength, value, or importance of something

halve

verb

to reduce something to half its original size, number, or amount

increase/cut etc something by half

to make something 50% more/less

knock down

informal to reduce a price or amount

knock off

to reduce a price or an amount

lighten

verb

to reduce an amount of work

lop off

to reduce something

make a dent in something

to reduce the amount of something

minimise

a British spelling of minimize

minimize

verb

to reduce something harmful or unpleasant to the smallest amount or degree

nibble away at

to reduce the total amount of something by gradually using small amounts of it

pare

verb

to reduce the total number or amount of something

ratchet

verb

to increase or decrease by small amounts during a period of time, or to make something do this

roll back

to remove something, or to reduce the influence of something

roll back

mainly American to reduce something such as a price or salary

shave off

to reduce an amount

shrink

verb

to make something smaller in amount, value, or range

shrivel

verb

to make something weaker or smaller in amount

slash

verb

mainly journalism to reduce something by a large amount

slice

verb

to reduce an amount of time, money etc

slow

verb

if you slow something, or if it slows, you reduce the level or amount of it

take a bite out of something

to reduce something by a large amount

trim

verb

to reduce the amount or number of something

trim down

to reduce the amount or number of something

whittle away

to gradually reduce the amount or importance of something

whittle down

to reduce the number of people or things, or the size of something

winnow down

to reduce the size of a group of people or things so that you only keep the best or most useful ones

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