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Decrease vs. Reduce

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  • Decrease (verb)

    Of a quantity, to become smaller.

  • Decrease (verb)

    To make (a quantity) smaller.

  • Decrease (noun)

    An amount by which a quantity is decreased.

    "One research team has recorded Baishui’s decrease at about 27 meters per year over the last 10 years. File:One research team has recorded Baishui’s decrease.ogg"

  • Decrease (noun)

    A reduction in the number of stitches, usually accomplished by suspending the stitch to be decreased from another existing stitch or by knitting it together with another stitch. See Decrease (knitting).

  • Reduce (verb)

    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."

  • Reduce (verb)

    To lose weight.

  • Reduce (verb)

    To bring to an inferior rank; to degrade, to demote.

    "to reduce a sergeant to the ranks"

  • Reduce (verb)

    To humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture.

    "to reduce a province or a fort"

  • Reduce (verb)

    To bring to an inferior state or condition.

    "to reduce a city to ashes"

  • Reduce (verb)

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

  • Reduce (verb)

    To add electrons / hydrogen or to remove oxygen.

  • Reduce (verb)

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

  • Reduce (verb)

    To simplify an equation or formula without changing its value.

  • Reduce (verb)

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

  • Reduce (verb)

    To convert a syllogism to a clearer or simpler form

  • Reduce (verb)

    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."

  • Reduce (verb)

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

  • Reduce (verb)

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

  • Reduce (verb)

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

    "a book reduced into English"

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  • Decrease (verb)

    To grow less, - opposed to increase; to be diminished gradually, in size, degree, number, duration, etc., or in strength, quality, or excellence; as, they days decrease in length from June to December.

  • Decrease

    To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one's means.

  • Decrease (noun)

    A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength.

  • Decrease (noun)

    The wane of the moon.

  • Reduce

    To bring or lead back to any former place or condition.

  • Reduce

    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.

  • Reduce

    To bring to terms; to humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture; as, to reduce a province or a fort.

  • Reduce

    To bring to a certain state or condition by grinding, pounding, kneading, rubbing, etc.; as, to reduce a substance to powder, or to a pasty mass; to reduce fruit, wood, or paper rags, to pulp.

  • Reduce

    To bring into a certain order, arrangement, classification, etc.; to bring under rules or within certain limits of descriptions and terms adapted to use in computation; as, to reduce animals or vegetables to a class or classes; to reduce a series of observations in astronomy; to reduce language to rules.

  • Reduce

    To change, as numbers, from one denomination into another without altering their value, or from one denomination into others of the same value; as, to reduce pounds, shillings, and pence to pence, or to reduce pence to pounds; to reduce days and hours to minutes, or minutes to days and hours.

  • Reduce

    To add an electron to an atom or ion.

  • Reduce

    To restore to its proper place or condition, as a displaced organ or part; as, to reduce a dislocation, a fracture, or a hernia.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Decrease (noun)

    a change downward;

    "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided"

    "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"

  • Decrease (noun)

    a process of becoming smaller or shorter

  • Decrease (noun)

    the amount by which something decreases

  • Decrease (noun)

    the act of decreasing or reducing something

  • Decrease (verb)

    decrease in size, extent, or range;

    "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"

    "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"

    "her weight fall to under a hundred pounds"

    "his voice fell to a whisper"

  • Decrease (verb)

    make smaller;

    "He decreased his staff"

  • Reduce (verb)

    cut down on; make a reduction in;

    "reduce your daily fat intake"

    "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"

  • Reduce (verb)

    make less complex;

    "reduce a problem to a single question"

  • Reduce (verb)

    bring to humbler or weaker state or condition;

    "He reduced the population to slavery"

  • Reduce (verb)

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

  • Reduce (verb)

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

    "She reduced her niece to a servant"

  • Reduce (verb)

    be the essential element;

    "The proposal boils down to a compromise"

  • Reduce (verb)

    reduce in size; reduce physically;

    "Hot water will shrink the sweater"

    "Can you shrink this image?"

  • Reduce (verb)

    lessen and make more modest;

    "reduce one's standard of living"

  • Reduce (verb)

    make smaller;

    "reduce an image"

  • Reduce (verb)

    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

  • Reduce (verb)

    narrow or limit;

    "reduce the influx of foreigners"

  • Reduce (verb)

    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"

  • Reduce (verb)

    undergo meiosis;

    "The cells reduce"

  • Reduce (verb)

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

  • Reduce (verb)

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements;

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

  • Reduce (verb)

    be cooked until very little liquid is left;

    "The sauce should reduce to one cup"

  • Reduce (verb)

    cook until very little liquid is left;

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

  • Reduce (verb)

    lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture;

    "cut bourbon"

  • Reduce (verb)

    take off weight

Princeton's WordNet
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