Meaning of “reduce sb to sth/doing sth” - Learner’s Dictionary

reduce sb to sth/doing sth

phrasal verb with reduce uk us /rɪˈdjuːs/ verb [ T ]

to make someone unhappy or cause them to be in a bad situation:

She was reduced to tears by his comments.
I lost my job and was reduced to borrowing money from friends.

(Definition of “reduce sb to sth/doing sth” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)