Antonyms of verb reduce

2 of 20 senses of reduce

Sense 9
reduce, scale down -- (make smaller; "reduce an image")
       Antonym of blow up (Sense 2)
      => blow up, enlarge, magnify -- (make large; "blow up an image")

Sense 20
reduce, melt off, lose weight, slim, slenderize, thin, slim down -- (take off weight)
       Antonym of gain (Sense 9)
      => gain, put on -- (increase (one's body weight); "She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb reduce

20 senses of reduce

Sense 1
reduce, cut down, cut back, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring down -- (cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits")
       => decrease, lessen, minify -- (make smaller; "He decreased his staff")

Sense 2
reduce -- (make less complex; "reduce a problem to a single question")
       => simplify -- (make simpler or easier or reduce in complexity or extent; "We had to simplify the instructions"; "this move will simplify our lives")

Sense 3
reduce -- (bring to humbler or weaker state or condition; "He reduced the population to slavery")
       => demote, bump, relegate, break, kick downstairs -- (assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant")

Sense 4
reduce -- (simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another)
       => substitute, replace, interchange, exchange -- (put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items; "the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt"; "substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"; "synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning")

Sense 5
reduce -- (lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation; "She reduced her niece to a servant")
       => take down, degrade, disgrace, demean, put down -- (reduce in worth or character, usually verbally; "She tends to put down younger women colleagues"; "His critics took him down after the lecture")

Sense 6
reduce, come down, boil down -- (be the essential element; "The proposal boils down to a compromise")
       => become, turn -- (undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor")

Sense 7
shrink, reduce -- (reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?")
       => decrease, lessen, minify -- (make smaller; "He decreased his staff")

Sense 8
reduce -- (lessen and make more modest; "reduce one's standard of living")
       => impoverish -- (make poor)

Sense 9
reduce, scale down -- (make smaller; "reduce an image")
       => shrink, reduce -- (reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?")

Sense 10
deoxidize, deoxidise, reduce -- (to remove oxygen from a compound, or cause to react with hydrogen or form a hydride, or to undergo an increase in the number of electrons)
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")

Sense 11
reduce, tighten -- (narrow or limit; "reduce the influx of foreigners")
       => restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle -- (place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends")

Sense 12
repress, quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduce -- (put down by force or intimidation; "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land")
       => oppress, suppress, crush -- (come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority; "The government oppresses political activists")

Sense 13
reduce -- (undergo meiosis; "The cells reduce")
       => separate, divide, part -- (come apart; "The two pieces that we had glued separated")

Sense 14
reduce -- (reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site)
       => reposition -- (place into another position)

Sense 15
reduce -- (destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it)
       => de-emphasize, de-emphasise, destress -- (reduce the emphasis)

Sense 16
abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce -- (reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened")
       => decrease, lessen, minify -- (make smaller; "He decreased his staff")

Sense 17
boil down, reduce, decoct, concentrate -- (be cooked until very little liquid is left; "The sauce should reduce to one cup")
       => decrease, diminish, lessen, fall -- (decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper")

Sense 18
reduce, boil down, concentrate -- (cook until very little liquid is left; "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time")
       => decrease, lessen, minify -- (make smaller; "He decreased his staff")

Sense 19
dilute, thin, thin out, reduce, cut -- (lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon")
       => weaken -- (lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body")

Sense 20
reduce, melt off, lose weight, slim, slenderize, thin, slim down -- (take off weight)
       => change state, turn -- (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election")

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