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English definition of “reduce sth to sth”

reduce sth to sth

phrasal verb with reduce     /rɪˈdjuːs/ US  /-ˈduːs/ verb [I or T]
C2 to cause something, especially a large structure, to be destroyed and broken into pieces: Allied bombing reduced the city to ruins/rubble.Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoiling
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