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verb [transitive] reduce pronunciation in British English /rɪˈdjuːs/
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present tense
present participlereducing
past tensereduced
past participlereduced

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  1. 1
    to make something smaller or less in size, amount, importance etc
    Try to reduce the amount of fat in your diet.
    reduce something by something: The workforce will be reduced by around 30 per cent.
    reduce something from something to something: It has reduced its size from about 135,000 employees to 75,000.
    Her lawyers got the charge reduced from murder to manslaughter.
    reduce something to the minimum: Risks must be reduced to the absolute minimum.
    reduce something in size/number etc: Their army will be drastically reduced in size and influence.
    greatly/significantly reduce something: The new systems should significantly reduce the amount of paper we use.
  2. 2
    to lower the price of something
    reduce something to something: All children’s shoes are now reduced to £10 a pair.

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