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English definition of “reduce sth to sth”

reduce sth to sth

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