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English definition of “reduce”

reduce

verb [ T]
 
 
/rɪˈdjuːs/ US   /rɪˈduːs/
to make something less in price, size, amount, etc.: reduce costs/prices The retailer moved its supply base overseas to reduce costs.reduce risk/debt/losses Diversification is a good way of reducing risk. reduce emissions/waste/pollution He decided to reduce his hours to give him more time with his family. reduce sth by sth The bank planned to reduce its staff levels by around 20% by 2012.reduce sth from sth to sth The reorganization will reduce the number of managers from 15 to no more than 8. Mercury is reducing its stake in the company to 10 percent.
reduce, reuse, recycle ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY an expression used to encourage people to waste less, by using less and using things again, in order to protect the environment
(Definition of reduce from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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