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      vb   mainly tr  
1    also intr   to make or become smaller in size, number, extent, degree, intensity, etc.  
2    to bring into a certain state, condition, etc.  
to reduce a forest to ashes, to reduce someone to despair     
3    also intr   to make or become slimmer; lose or cause to lose excess weight  
4    to impoverish (esp. in the phrase in reduced circumstances)  
5    to bring into a state of submission to one's authority; subjugate  
the whole country was reduced after three months     
6    to bring down the price of (a commodity)  
the shirt was reduced in the sale     
7    to lower the rank or status of; demote  
he was reduced from corporal to private, reduced to the ranks     
8    to set out systematically as an aid to understanding; simplify  
his theories have been reduced in a popular treatise     
9      (Maths)   to modify or simplify the form of (an expression or equation), esp. by substitution of one term by another  
10      (Cookery)   to make (a sauce, stock, etc.) more concentrated by boiling away some of the water in it  
11    to thin out (paint) by adding oil, turpentine, etc.; dilute  
12    also intr     (Chem)  
a    to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction with hydrogen or formation of a hydride  
b    to lose or cause to lose oxygen atoms  
c    to undergo or cause to undergo an increase in the number of electrons  
   Compare       oxidize  
13      (Photog)   to lessen the density of (a negative or print) by converting some of the blackened silver in the emulsion to soluble silver compounds by an oxidation process using a photographic reducer  
14      (Surgery)   to manipulate or reposition (a broken or displaced bone, organ, or part) back to its normal site  
15    also intr     (Biology)   to undergo or cause to undergo meiosis  
     (C14: from Latin reducere to bring back, from re- + ducere to lead)  
  reducible      adj  
  reducibility      n  
  reducibly      adv  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    abate, abridge, contract, curtail, cut down, debase, decrease, depress, dilute, diminish, downsize, impair, lessen, lower, moderate, shorten, slow down, tone down, truncate, turn down, weaken, wind down  
2    bankrupt, break, impoverish, pauperize, ruin  
3    bring, bring to the point of, conquer, drive, force, master, overpower, subdue, vanquish  
4    be or go on a diet, diet, lose weight, shed weight, slenderize     (chiefly U.S.)   slim, trim  
5    bring down the price of, cheapen, cut, discount, lower, mark down, slash  
6    break, bring low, degrade, demote, downgrade, humble, humiliate, lower in rank, lower the status of, take down a peg     (informal)  
1    augment, enhance, enlarge, extend, heighten, increase  
6    elevate, enhance, exalt, promote  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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The practice of restricting the amount of food a person eats (self-imposed starvation seen with anorexia nervosa) in order to consume greater amounts of alcohol or of purging (as seen with bulimia nervosa) to try to reduce caloric intake to offset the calories consumed in alcohol.
[Med.] "Drunkorexic" behaviors most often stem from the fear of weight gain from alcohol.
albeit although, even if, even though, notwithstanding that, tho' (U.S. or poetic) though <You use albeit to introduce a fact or comment which reduces the force or significance of what you have just said. FORMAL adv ADV with cl/group (=although)
Charles's letter was indeed published, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.
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