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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Reduce  \Re*duce"\  (r[-e]*d[=u]s"),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Reduced} 
  (-d[=u]st"),;  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Reducing}  (-d[=u]"s[i^]ng).] 
  [L.  reducere,  reductum  pref.  red-.  re-,  re-  +  ducere  to 
  lead.  See  {Duke},  and  cf  {Redoubt},  n.] 
  1.  To  bring  or  lead  back  to  any  former  place  or  condition. 
  And  to  his  brother's  house  reduced  his  wife. 
  The  sheep  must  of  necessity  be  scattered,  unless  the 
  great  Shephered  of  souls  oppose,  or  some  of  his 
  delegates  reduce  and  direct  us  --Evelyn. 
  2.  To  bring  to  any  inferior  state,  with  respect  to  rank, 
  size,  quantity,  quality,  value,  etc.;  to  diminish;  to 
  lower;  to  degrade;  to  impair;  as  to  reduce  a  sergeant  to 
  the  ranks;  to  reduce  a  drawing;  to  reduce  expenses;  to 
  reduce  the  intensity  of  heat.  ``An  ancient  but  reduced 
  family.''  --Sir  W.  Scott. 
  Nothing  so  excellent  but  a  man  may  fasten  upon 
  something  belonging  to  it  to  reduce  it 
  Having  reduced  Their  foe  to  misery  beneath  their 
  fears.  --Milton. 
  Hester  Prynne  was  shocked  at  the  condition  to  which 
  she  found  the  clergyman  reduced.  --Hawthorne. 
  3.  To  bring  to  terms;  to  humble;  to  conquer;  to  subdue;  to 
  capture;  as  to  reduce  a  province  or  a  fort. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  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}] 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    A  {symbolic  mathematics}  language  with 
  {ALGOL}-like  {syntax},  written  in  {Lisp}  by  Anthony  Hearn  in 
  Reduce  2  is  a  version  based  on  {Portable  Standard  LISP}. 
  {Home  (}. 
  E-mail:  . 
  ["REDUCE,  Software  for  Algebraic  Computation",  G.  Rayna, 
  Springer  1987]. 

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