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reduction

noun
 
 
/rɪˈdʌkʃən/
[C or U] the process of making something less in price, size, amount, etc., or the fact of it becoming less: a reduction in sth The cutbacks have required a 10% reduction in staff numbers. Policyholders will be preparing themselves for further reductions in bonuses on maturing policies.a dramatic/significant/substantial reduction I was warned of a significant reduction in the projected payout. a gradual/slight/steady reductiondebt/deficit/spending reduction The emphasis is on long-term debt reduction.rate/tariff/tax reduction Banks have announced mortgage rate reductions to bolster the housing market. poverty reduction emissions/greenhouse gas reductions cost reduction programs/targets
[C] COMMERCE an amount by which the price of something is reduced: to get/make a reduction on sth I got a reduction on the skirt because there was a button missing.big/massive reductions Stores are offering big reductions this weekend.
Translations of “reduction”
in Korean 감소, 삭감…
in Arabic تَخْفيض…
in Portuguese diminuição, baixa…
in Catalan reducció, rebaixa…
in Japanese 減少, 縮小…
in Italian riduzione, sconto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 減少, 減小, 降低…
in Russian сокращение, уменьшение, снижение…
in Turkish kısma, indirim, azaltma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 减少, 减小, 降低…
in Polish obniżka, redukcja…
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