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Eliminate vs. Reduce

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Eliminate

Completely remove or get rid of (something)
A policy that would eliminate inflation
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Reduce

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

Expel (waste matter) from the body
This diet claims to eliminate toxins from the body
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Reduce

To gain control of; subject or conquer
"a design to reduce them under absolute despotism" (Declaration of Independence).
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Eliminate

Remove (a variable) from an equation, typically by substituting another which is shown by another equation to be equivalent.
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Reduce

To subject to destruction
Enemy bombers reduced the city to rubble.
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Eliminate

Generate (a simple substance) as a product in the course of a reaction involving larger molecules
The acid portion of one molecule reacts with the basic portion of the other, and water is eliminated
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Reduce

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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Eliminate

To get rid of; remove
An effort to eliminate homelessness.
Eliminated his enemies.
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Reduce

To compel to desperate acts
The Depression reduced many to begging on street corners.
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Eliminate

To leave out or omit from consideration; reject
For now, let's eliminate from the discussion the possibility of failure.
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Reduce

To lower in rank or grade; demote.
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Eliminate

To remove from consideration by defeating, as in a contest.
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Reduce

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

(Mathematics) To remove (an unknown quantity) by combining equations.
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Reduce

To lower the price of
The store has drastically reduced winter coats.
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Eliminate

(Physiology) To excrete (bodily wastes).
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Reduce

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

(transitive) To completely remove, get rid of, put an end to.
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Reduce

To put in a simpler or more systematic form; simplify or codify
Reduced her ideas to a collection of maxims.
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Eliminate

To kill (a person or animal).
A ruthless mobster who eliminated his enemies
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Reduce

To turn into powder; pulverize.
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Eliminate

To excrete (waste products).
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Reduce

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

(transitive) To exclude (from investigation or from further competition).
Bill was eliminated as a suspect when the police interviewed witnesses.
John was eliminated as a contestant when it was found he had gained, rather than lost, weight.
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Reduce

To remove oxygen from (a compound).
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Eliminate

(accounting) To record amounts in a consolidation statement to remove the effects of inter-company transactions.
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Reduce

To add hydrogen to (a compound).
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Eliminate

To put out of doors; to expel; to discharge; to release; to set at liberty.
Eliminate my spirit, give it rangeThrough provinces of thought yet unexplored.
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Reduce

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

To cause to disappear from an equation; as, to eliminate an unknown quantity.
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Reduce

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

To set aside as unimportant in a process of inductive inquiry; to leave out of consideration.
Eliminate errors that have been gathering and accumulating.
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Reduce

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

To obtain by separating, as from foreign matters; to deduce; as, to eliminate an idea or a conclusion.
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Reduce

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

To separate; to expel from the system; to excrete; as, the kidneys eliminate urea, the lungs carbonic acid; to eliminate poison from the system.
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Reduce

To become diminished.
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Eliminate

Terminate or take out;
Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics
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Reduce

To lose weight, as by dieting.
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Eliminate

Do away with
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Reduce

(Biology) To undergo meiosis.
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Eliminate

Kill in large numbers;
The plague wiped out an entire population
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Reduce

(transitive) To bring down the size, quantity, quality, value or intensity of something; to diminish, to lower.
To reduce weight, speed, heat, expenses, price, personnel etc.
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Eliminate

Dismiss from consideration;
John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi
This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration
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Reduce

(intransitive) To lose weight.
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Eliminate

Eliminate from the body;
Pass a kidney stone
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Reduce

(transitive) To bring to an inferior rank; to degrade, to demote.
To reduce a sergeant to the ranks
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Eliminate

Remove from a contest or race;
The cyclist has eliminated all the competitors in the race
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Reduce

(transitive) To humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture.
To reduce a province or a fort
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Eliminate

Remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations
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Reduce

(transitive) To bring to an inferior state or condition.
To reduce a city to ashes
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Reduce

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

To add electrons / hydrogen or to remove oxygen.
Formaldehyde can be reduced to form methanol.
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Reduce

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

To simplify an equation or formula without changing its value.
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Reduce

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

To convert a syllogism to a clearer or simpler form.
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Reduce

To convert to written form. (Usage note: this verb almost always appears as "reduce to writing".)
It is important that all business contracts be reduced to writing.
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Reduce

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

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

To strike off the payroll.
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Reduce

To annul by legal means.
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Reduce

To translate (a book, document, etc.).
A book reduced into English
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Reduce

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.
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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.
Nothing so excellent but a man may fasten upon something belonging to it, to reduce it.
Having reducedTheir foe to misery beneath their fears.
Hester Prynne was shocked at the condition to which she found the clergyman reduced.
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Reduce

To bring to terms; to humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture; as, to reduce a province or a fort.
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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.
It were but rightAnd equal to reduce me to my dust.
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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.
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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.
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Reduce

To add an electron to an atom or ion.
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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.
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Reduce

Cut down on; make a reduction in;
Reduce your daily fat intake
The employer wants to cut back health benefits
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Reduce

Make less complex;
Reduce a problem to a single question
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Reduce

Bring to humbler or weaker state or condition;
He reduced the population to slavery
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Reduce

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

Lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation;
She reduced her niece to a servant
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Reduce

Be the essential element;
The proposal boils down to a compromise
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Reduce

Reduce in size; reduce physically;
Hot water will shrink the sweater
Can you shrink this image?
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Reduce

Lessen and make more modest;
Reduce one's standard of living
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Reduce

Make smaller;
Reduce an image
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Reduce

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
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Reduce

Narrow or limit;
Reduce the influx of foreigners
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Reduce

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
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Reduce

Undergo meiosis;
The cells reduce
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Reduce

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

Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements;
The manuscript must be shortened
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Reduce

Be cooked until very little liquid is left;
The sauce should reduce to one cup
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Reduce

Cook until very little liquid is left;
The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time
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Reduce

Lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture;
Cut bourbon
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Reduce

Take off weight
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