Reduction - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈdʌkʃn|  American pronunciation of the word reduction
Brit.  |rɪˈdʌkʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word reduction


- the act of decreasing or reducing something (syn: decrease, diminution, step-down)
- any process in which electrons are added to an atom or ion (as by removing oxygen or adding hydrogen); always occurs accompanied by oxidation of the reducing agent (syn: reducing)
- the act of reducing complexity (syn: simplification)


Many voters want to see some reduction of the deficit.

There is a 20 percent reduction on selected items during this sale.

Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

The company promised they would make no staff reductions for at least two years.

a slight reduction in the price of oil

substantial reductions on children's clothes

There has been a sharp reduction in the bat population in this region.

...the reduction of the deficit is due in part to financial legerdemain that masks the true costs of running the government...

The farmer compounded with the bank for a reduction in the interest rate on the money he owed.

We must press for a reduction in the number of students in a class.

We must push for a reduction in the size of our classes.

Water solidifies by reduction of temperature.

A reduction in interest rates would soften the blow of tax increases.

This price reduction is due to competition among suppliers.

The fact that there has been a reduction in crime is little consolation to victims of crime.

Word forms

singular: reduction
plural: reductions
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