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Definition: 1. verb (t) to bring down to a smaller extent, size, amount, number, etc. 2. to lower in degree, intensity, etc.; to reduce speed. 3. Mathematics to change the denomination or form of. 4. Chemistry a. deoxidise b. to add hydrogen to. c. to change (a compound) so that the valency of the positive element is lower. 5. Chemistry Metallurgy to bring into the metallic state by separating from non-metallic constituents; smelt. 6. Biology to cause (a cell) to undergo meiotic division. 7. Surgery to restore to the normal place, relations, or condition, as a dislocated organ or a fractured bone with separation of the fragment ends. 8. verb (i) to become reduced.
Source: The Macquarie Dictionary. South Yarra: The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd., 2005. Credo Reference. Web. 10 August 2012.