Reducent vs. Reduce

Reducent vs. Reduce — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Reducent and Reduce

Reducentadjective

Tending to reduce.

Reduceverb

To bring down, as in extent, amount, or degree; diminish.

Reducentnoun

A reducing agent.

Reduceverb

To gain control of; subject or conquer

"a design to reduce them under absolute despotism" (Declaration of Independence).

Reduceverb

To subject to destruction

Enemy bombers reduced the city to rubble.

Reduceverb

To bring to a specified undesirable state, as of weakness or helplessness

disease that reduced the patient to emaciation.teasing that reduced the child to tears.
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Reduceverb

To compel to desperate acts

The Depression reduced many to begging on street corners.

Reduceverb

To lower in rank or grade; demote.

Reduceverb

To thicken or intensify the flavor of (a sauce, for example) by slow boiling.

Reduceverb

To lower the price of

The store has drastically reduced winter coats.

Reduceverb

To decrease the viscosity of (paint, for example), as by adding a solvent.

Reduceverb

To put in a simpler or more systematic form; simplify or codify

reduced her ideas to a collection of maxims.
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Reduceverb

To turn into powder; pulverize.

Reduceverb

To decrease the valence of (an atom) by adding electrons.

Reduceverb

To remove oxygen from (a compound).

Reduceverb

To add hydrogen to (a compound).

Reduceverb

To change to a metallic state by removing nonmetallic constituents; smelt.

Reduceverb

(Mathematics) To simplify the form of (an expression, such as a fraction) without changing the value.

Reduceverb

(Medicine) To restore (a fractured or displaced body part) to a normal condition or position.

Reduceverb

(Linguistics) To pronounce (a stressed vowel) as the unstressed version of that vowel or as schwa.

Reduceverb

To become diminished.

Reduceverb

To lose weight, as by dieting.

Reduceverb

(Biology) To undergo meiosis.

Reduceverb

(transitive) To bring down the size, quantity, quality, value or intensity of something; to diminish, to lower, to impair.

to reduce weight, speed, heat, expenses, price, personnel etc.

Reduceverb

(intransitive) To lose weight.

Reduceverb

(transitive) To bring to an inferior rank; to degrade, to demote.

to reduce a sergeant to the ranks

Reduceverb

(transitive) To humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture.

to reduce a province or a fort

Reduceverb

(transitive) To bring to an inferior state or condition.

to reduce a city to ashes

Reduceverb

To decrease the liquid content of food by boiling much of its water off.

Reduceverb

To add electrons / hydrogen or to remove oxygen.

Reduceverb

To produce metal from ore by removing nonmetallic elements in a smelter.

Reduceverb

To simplify an equation or formula without changing its value.

Reduceverb

To express the solution of a problem in terms of another (known) algorithm.

Reduceverb

To convert a syllogism to a clearer or simpler form

Reduceverb

To convert to written form (Usage note: this verb almost always take the phrase "to writing").

It is important that all business contracts be reduced to writing.

Reduceverb

To perform a reduction; to restore a fracture or dislocation to the correct alignment.

Reduceverb

To reform a line or column from (a square).

Reduceverb

To translate (a book, document, etc.).

a book reduced into English

Reduceverb

cut down on; make a reduction in;

reduce your daily fat intakeThe employer wants to cut back health benefits

Reduceverb

make less complex;

reduce a problem to a single question

Reduceverb

bring to humbler or weaker state or condition;

He reduced the population to slavery

Reduceverb

simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another

Reduceverb

lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation;

She reduced her niece to a servant

Reduceverb

be the essential element;

The proposal boils down to a compromise

Reduceverb

reduce in size; reduce physically;

Hot water will shrink the sweaterCan you shrink this image?

Reduceverb

lessen and make more modest;

reduce one's standard of living

Reduceverb

make smaller;

reduce an image

Reduceverb

to remove oxygen from a compound, or cause to react with hydrogen or form a hydride, or to undergo an increase in the number of electrons

Reduceverb

narrow or limit;

reduce the influx of foreigners

Reduceverb

put down by force or intimidation;

The government quashes any attempt of an uprisingChina keeps down her dissidents very efficientlyThe rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land

Reduceverb

undergo meiosis;

The cells reduce

Reduceverb

reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site

Reduceverb

reduce in scope while retaining essential elements;

The manuscript must be shortened

Reduceverb

be cooked until very little liquid is left;

The sauce should reduce to one cup

Reduceverb

cook until very little liquid is left;

The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time

Reduceverb

lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture;

cut bourbon

Reduceverb

take off weight