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Mitigate vs. Reduce

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Mitigateverb

(transitive) To reduce, lessen, or decrease.

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.’;

Mitigateverb

(transitive) To downplay.

Reduceverb

(intransitive) To lose weight.

Mitigateverb

To make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous, painful, etc.; to soften; to meliorate; to alleviate; to diminish; to lessen; as, to mitigate heat or cold; to mitigate grief.

Reduceverb

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

‘to reduce a sergeant to the ranks’;

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Mitigateverb

To make mild and accessible; to mollify; - applied to persons.

‘This opinion . . . mitigated kings into companions.’;

Reduceverb

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

‘to reduce a province or a fort’;

Mitigateverb

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of;

‘The circumstances extenuate the crime’;

Reduceverb

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

‘to reduce a city to ashes’;

Mitigateverb

make less severe or harsh;

‘mitigating circumstances’;

Reduceverb

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

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Mitigateverb

make (something bad) less severe, serious, or painful

‘drainage schemes have helped to mitigate this problem’;

Reduceverb

To add electrons / hydrogen or to remove oxygen.

Mitigateverb

lessen the gravity of (an offence or mistake)

‘there had been a provocation that mitigated the offence to a degree’;

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.

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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

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.’;

Reduceverb

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.’;

Reduceverb

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

Reduceverb

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.’;

Reduceverb

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.

Reduceverb

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.

Reduceverb

To add an electron to an atom or ion.

Reduceverb

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

Reduceverb

cut down on; make a reduction in;

‘reduce your daily fat intake’; ‘The 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 sweater’; ‘Can 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 uprising’; ‘China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently’; ‘The 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

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