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See also: reduire and reduiré



Inherited from Middle French reduire, from Old French reduire, an alteration or Gallicization of Latin redūcere (reduce), after conduire.


  • IPA(key): /ʁe.dɥiʁ/
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  1. to reduce
  2. to cut (prices); to shorten (text); to reduce, scale down (pictures etc.)
  3. (transitive with à) to reduce (someone) to
    Je les ai réduits en esclavage.
    I reduced them to slavery.
  4. (transitive with en) to reduce (something) to
    La maison fut réduite en cendres.
    The house was reduced to ashes.
  5. (medicine) to reduce, set
  6. (chemistry, cooking) to reduce
  7. (military) to capture (place), quell (opposition etc.)
  8. (takes a reflexive pronoun, transitive with à) to amount to, to come down to
    Les copules, qui se réduisent au rôle de lien syntaxique entre sujet et attribut en estompant leur sémantique propre, sont souvent des verbes d’état.
    Copulas, which amount only to syntactic links between subject and complement since their own semantic content has been lost, are often stative verbs.


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