Synonyms of reduce
1 lessenDictionary • Consumption is being reduced by 25 per cent.
lessen • Keep immunisations up to date to lessen the risk of serious illness.
cut • He has cut the play judiciously.
contract • Output fell last year and is expected to contract further this year.
lower • a drug which lowers cholesterol levels
depress • The stronger currency depressed sales.
moderate • The crisis has moderated somewhat.
weaken • Her opponents believe that her authority has been fatally weakened.
diminish • Federalism is intended to diminish the power of the central state.
decrease • Regular doses of aspirin decrease the risk of heart attack.
shorten • The day surgery will help to shorten waiting lists.
dilute • It was a clear attempt to dilute black voting power.
impair • Consumption of alcohol impairs your ability to drive.
curtail • NATO plans to curtail the number of troops being sent to the region.
abate • a government programme to abate greenhouse gas emissions
truncate • I'm going to truncate the time I spend at work.
abridge • We don't abridge any of the stories we publish.
kennet (Australian, slang)
jeff (Australian, slang)
2 degradeDictionary • They wanted the army reduced to a police force.
degrade • He was degraded to a lower rank.
downgrade • His superiors downgraded him.
demote • If managers prove inefficient they should be demoted.
lower in rank
break • The newspapers can make or break you.
humble • the little car company that humbled the industry giants
humiliate • His teacher continually humiliates him in maths lessons.
take down a peg (informal)
lower the status of
3 driveDictionary • He was reduced to begging for a living.
drive • Depression drove him to attempt suicide.
force • They forced him to work for them at gun point.
bring • I could not even bring myself to enter the house.
bring to the point of
4 thickenDictionary • Simmer until mixture reduces.
thicken • Keep stirring until the sauce thickens.
set • Lower the heat and allow the omelette to set on the bottom.
clot • The patient's blood refused to clot.
condense • The compressed gas is cooled and condenses into a liquid.
congeal • The blood had started to congeal.
coagulate • The blood coagulates to stop wounds bleeding.
5 cheapenDictionary • Companies should reduce prices today.
cheapen • Love is a word cheapened by overuse.
cut • The first priority is to cut costs.
discount • Tour prices are being discounted.
slash • Everyone agrees that subsidies have to be slashed.
bring down the price of
6 slimDictionary • It's very difficult to reduce weight.
slim • The company recently slimmed down its product line.
diet • Most of us have dieted at some time in our lives.
trim • They looked at ways they could trim these costs.
be or go on a diet
slenderize mainly US)
IDIOM:▷ in reduced circumstances
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• a government programme to abate greenhouse gas emissions
abridgeto reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
• We don't abridge any of the stories we publish.
bankruptTo bankrupt a person or organization means to make them go bankrupt.
• The move to the market nearly bankrupted the firm and its director.
Thesaurus for reduce from the Collins English Thesaurus
to make or become smaller in size, number, extent, degree, intensity, etc