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(Archaic) To belittle; minimize; disparage
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  1. (Archaic) To belittle; minimize; disparage
  2. To make less; to diminish; to reduce.
  3. To become less; decrease:
To bend downward; droop:
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  1. To bend downward; droop:
  2. To draw to a gradual close:
  3. To degrade or lower oneself; stoop:
Decrease in value; depreciation
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  1. Decrease in value; depreciation
  2. The amount of such shrinking, decrease, etc.
  3. The act or process of shrinking; contraction in size, as of a fabric in washing
A growing lesser; reduction or decrease.
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(Law) The act of reducing something, such as a tax, for some period of time or of eliminating something, such as a nuisance, permanently.
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  1. (Law) The act of reducing something, such as a tax, for some period of time or of eliminating something, such as a nuisance, permanently.
  2. Reduction in amount, degree, or intensity; diminution.
  3. A lessening or reduction
To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken.
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  1. To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken.
  2. To take away; to subtract.
  3. (Intransitive) To become smaller.
To fall off in degree or intensity; subside:
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  1. To fall off in degree or intensity; subside:
  2. To become reduced for a period of time.
  3. To become less in amount, degree, force, etc.; diminish
(Grammar) To qualify or limit the meaning of. For example, summer modifies day in the phrase a summer day.
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  1. (Grammar) To qualify or limit the meaning of. For example, summer modifies day in the phrase a summer day.
  2. To limit or reduce slightly; moderate
  3. To change or alter; esp., to change slightly or partially in character, form, etc.
To approach an end:
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  1. To approach an end:
  2. To decrease gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity:
  3. To become less intense, bright, strong, etc.; grow dim or faint, as a light
To weaken or disintegrate; decay:
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  1. To weaken or disintegrate; decay:
  2. To make or become worse; lower in quality or value; depreciate
  3. To diminish or impair in quality, character, or value:
To fall below a normal or desirable state, especially functionally or morally; deteriorate:
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  1. To fall below a normal or desirable state, especially functionally or morally; deteriorate:
  2. To decline or become debased morally, culturally, etc.
  3. To lose former normal or higher qualities
To keep on becoming or making smaller or less; diminish; shrink
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  1. To keep on becoming or making smaller or less; diminish; shrink
  2. To lessen; to bring low.
  3. To become gradually less until little remains.
To cause or allow to fall or go down; lower
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  1. To cause or allow to fall or go down; lower
  2. To become lower in value or amount; lessen, as prices, funds, etc.
  3. To fall or lower oneself slowly, as from weakness or fatigue:
To become established or localized:
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  1. To become established or localized:
  2. To cause to sink, become compact, or come to rest:
  3. To cause (a liquid) to become clear by forming a sediment.
(Archaic) To give knowledge to; enlighten
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  1. (Archaic) To give knowledge to; enlighten
  2. To become light; grow brighter
  3. (Intransitive) To become less serious or more cheerful.
To become less active, intense, brisk, etc.
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  1. To become less active, intense, brisk, etc.
  2. To become less tense; loosen, as rope
  3. (Intransitive) To gradually decrease in intensity or tautness; to become slack.
To weaken or lessen; decline
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  1. To weaken or lessen; decline
  2. To fall back from the flood stage.
To let, bring, or move down to a lower level.
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  1. To let, bring, or move down to a lower level.
  2. To become lower; sink, fall, become reduced, etc.
  3. To weaken; undermine:
(Intransitive) To fade or wane
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To serve as a moderator
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  1. To serve as a moderator
  2. To cause to become moderate; make less extreme, violent, etc.; restrain
  3. To become less extreme, intense, or violent; abate.
To move or sink to a lower or normal level:
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  1. To move or sink to a lower or normal level:
  2. To sink to a lower level
  3. To tend downward; to become lower; to descend; to sink.
To become reduced in amount or value; dwindle:
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  1. To become reduced in amount or value; dwindle:
  2. (Intransitive) To become smaller; to contract.
  3. To become or appear to become smaller:
To get, acquire, or incur
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  1. To get, acquire, or incur
  2. To hire (a person, business, etc.) to perform under contract
  3. To become reduced in size or bulk; draw together; shrink; narrow; shorten
To yield or grant to one formerly in possession; cede (something) back.
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  1. To yield or grant to one formerly in possession; cede (something) back.
  2. To go or move back from a former position
  3. To become less; diminish
To lessen the price or value of:
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  1. To lessen the price or value of:
  2. To think or speak of as being of little worth; belittle.
  3. To write off an expenditure for (a tangible asset) by prorating over a certain period, usually the estimated useful life of the asset.
To make less harsh, strident, or critical:
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  1. To make less harsh, strident, or critical:
  2. To undermine or reduce the strength, morale, or resistance of.
  3. To become soft or softer.
To cause to become quiet:
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  1. To cause to become quiet:
  2. To become quiet:
  3. To become quiet
(Idiomatic) Make more specific.
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To allow to droop or sink.
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  1. To allow to droop or sink.
  2. (Intransitive) To sink or hang downward; to sag.
  3. (Intransitive) To slowly become limp; to bend gradually.
To be wasted, or not put to full or proper use
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  1. To be wasted, or not put to full or proper use
  2. To be used up or worn down gradually; become smaller or fewer by gradual loss
  3. To cause to lose energy, strength, or vigor; exhaust, tire, or enfeeble:
(Football) To move back from the line of scrimmage. Used of a quarterback.
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  1. (Football) To move back from the line of scrimmage. Used of a quarterback.
  2. To become less distinct; lose color, brilliance, etc.
  3. (Sports) To swerve from a straight course, especially in the direction of a slice.
To lose strength, become weaker; to wane
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  1. To lose strength, become weaker; to wane
To make or become weak or weaker
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  1. To make or become weak or weaker
  2. (Intransitive) To become weaker.
To give way; collapse:
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  1. To give way; collapse:
  2. To fall to pieces; disintegrate
  3. To break into crumbs or small pieces
(Intransitive, of something intense) to lessen
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  1. (Intransitive, of something intense) to lessen
(Intransitive) To stop talking, to forget what one was going to say.
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  1. (Intransitive) To stop talking, to forget what one was going to say.
  2. To cause to become dry.
  3. (Intransitive) To become dry (often of weather); to lose water.
(Idiomatic) Decelerate.
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To make something smooth.
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  1. To make something smooth.
  2. To remove irregularities or imperfections.
  3. (Intransitive) To become smooth.
To atrophy, or waste away
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To fall into ruin:
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  1. To fall into ruin:
  2. (Electronics) To decrease gradually in magnitude. Used of voltage or current.
  3. (Physics) To disintegrate in a process of radioactive decay or particle decay.
To gradually subside or diminish; to tail away
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To reduce in value.
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  1. To reduce in value.
To convert or change into a vapor.
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  1. To convert or change into a vapor.
  2. To draw moisture from, as by heating, leaving only the dry solid portion.
  3. To change (a liquid or solid) into vapor; drive out or draw off in the form of vapor
To diminish in intenity
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  1. To diminish in intenity
  2. To get worse
  3. (Intransitive) To cease to support a person or cause.
(Intransitive) To diminish in size, value etc.
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  1. (Intransitive) To diminish in size, value etc.
  2. (Intransitive) To become detached or to drop from.
  3. (Nautical) To change the direction of the sail so as to point in a direction that is more down wind; to bring the bow leeward.
To be unproductive; to not perform one's duties.
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  1. To be unproductive; to not perform one's duties.
(Intransitive) to disappear because of being abraded, over-polished, or abused
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  1. (Intransitive) to disappear because of being abraded, over-polished, or abused
  2. (Intransitive) to diminish in effect
To exhaust; to cause or contribute to another's exhaustion, fatigue, or weariness, as by continued strain or exertion.
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  1. To exhaust; to cause or contribute to another's exhaustion, fatigue, or weariness, as by continued strain or exertion.
  2. (Intransitive) To become exhausted, tired, fatigued, or weary, as by continued strain or exertion.
  3. (Intransitive) To deteriorate or become unusable or ineffective due to continued use, exposure, or strain.
To cause (someone) physical or mental fatigue.
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  1. To cause (someone) physical or mental fatigue.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see wear,"Ž down.
To lower by winding something.
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  1. To lower by winding something.
  2. (Intransitive, idiomatic) To relax; to get rid of stress.
  3. (Intransitive) To slow; to become calmer or less busy.
To decline suddenly, as in value, activity, etc.
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  1. To decline suddenly, as in value, activity, etc.
  2. To fall, sink, or collapse, esp. suddenly or heavily
  3. To fall or sink heavily; collapse:
To bring into a certain order; systematize
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  1. To bring into a certain order; systematize
  2. To put in a simpler or more systematic form; simplify or codify:
  3. (Arith.) To change in denomination or form without changing in value
(Archaic) To belittle; minimize; disparage
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  1. (Archaic) To belittle; minimize; disparage
  2. To make less; to diminish; to reduce.
  3. To become less; decrease:
To become less; diminish:
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  1. To become less; diminish:
  2. To let, bring, or move down to a lower level.
  3. To become lower; sink, fall, become reduced, etc.
To lead (a dog being walked) to the curb or some other place where it may pass its waste matter
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  1. To lead (a dog being walked) to the curb or some other place where it may pass its waste matter
  2. To prevent (a person or group) from doing something or acting in a certain way.
  3. To check, restrain, or control (an impulse or activity, for example); rein in.
To hold, fasten, or secure so as to prevent or limit movement:
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  1. To hold, fasten, or secure so as to prevent or limit movement:
  2. To hold back or keep in check; control:
  3. To prevent (a person or group) from doing something or acting in a certain way:
To put down forcibly; suppress:
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  1. To put down forcibly; suppress:
  2. To crush; subdue; put an end to
  3. To pacify; quiet:
To make something tame
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  1. To make something tame
  2. To change from an uncontrolled or disorderly to a controlled state:
  3. (Intransitive) to become tame
To lessen, as in intensity; assuage:
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  1. To lessen, as in intensity; assuage:
  2. (Archaic) To reduce the rigidity of; soften.
  3. To make less intense, severe, or violent
To depress; to check; to make dull; to lessen.
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  1. To depress; to check; to make dull; to lessen.
  2. To deaden, depress, reduce, or lessen
  3. (Intransitive) To become damp; to deaden.
To put together; put in proper order or form
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  1. To put together; put in proper order or form
  2. To create (a musical or literary work)
  3. (Printing) To arrange or set (type or matter to be printed).
To keep from public knowledge; suppress mention of. Often used with up :
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  1. To keep from public knowledge; suppress mention of. Often used with up :
  2. To stop making noise; be or become quiet or silent
  3. To be or become silent or still.
Even; yet
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  1. Even; yet
  2. At a future time; eventually:
  3. Without movement; motionlessly:
To alleviate the symptoms of a disease or disorder.
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  1. To alleviate the symptoms of a disease or disorder.
  2. To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.
  3. To lessen the pain or severity of without actually curing; alleviate; ease
To make or become sober.
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  1. To make or become sober.
To seek to neutralize or win over (people in occupied areas)
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  1. To seek to neutralize or win over (people in occupied areas)
  2. To cause (a group) to end a rebellion or other violent action.
  3. To subdue or quell (an insurrection or conflict, for example).
To reduce the intensity of; lessen or relieve:
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  1. To reduce the intensity of; lessen or relieve:
  2. To put (fears, etc.) to rest; quiet; calm
  3. To calm or pacify (an emotion); set to rest:
To develop a dull edge or point
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  1. To develop a dull edge or point
  2. To dull the edge of (a knife, for example).
  3. To become blunt:
To be or become qualified:
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  1. To be or become qualified:
  2. To be or become qualified, as by meeting requirements
  3. To render deserving of a descriptor by having or enumerating certain necessary characteristics:
To have a calming or soothing effect.
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  1. To have a calming or soothing effect.
  2. To make or become tranquil; specif., to calm by the use of a tranquilizer
  3. To become tranquil; relax.
To cut short; reduce; abridge
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  1. To cut short; reduce; abridge
  2. To cut short or reduce:
To take away; deduct.
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  1. To take away; deduct.
  2. To take away (a part from a whole)
  3. To take away or deduct (one number or quantity from another)
(Rare) To deprive (a person) of rights, privileges, etc.
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  1. (Rare) To deprive (a person) of rights, privileges, etc.
  2. To shorten (a piece of writing) while preserving its substance; condense
  3. To condense or shorten the whole of something, such as a book, and not merely a portion of it.
To make shorter:
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  1. To make shorter:
  2. To shorten (a word or phrase) by leaving out letters or, sometimes, by substituting letters, numerals, symbols, etc.
  3. To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form.
To dismiss or lay off from work:
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  1. To dismiss or lay off from work:
  2. To live in a simpler way, especially by moving into a smaller residence.
  3. To become smaller in size by reductions in personnel or assets:
To become more dense or compact.
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  1. To become more dense or compact.
  2. To change (a substance) to a denser form, as from a gas to a liquid
  3. (Chem.) To cause molecules of (the same or different substances) to combine to form a more complex compound, often with elimination of a simple molecule, as water
To add shortening in making (pastry, etc.) for crispness or flakiness
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  1. To add shortening in making (pastry, etc.) for crispness or flakiness
  2. (Intransitive) To become shorter.
  3. (Nautical) To take in (a sail) so that less canvas is exposed to the wind, thereby reducing speed.
To represent as having the least degree of importance, value, or size:
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  1. To represent as having the least degree of importance, value, or size:
  2. To estimate or make appear to be of the least possible amount, value, or importance
  3. To reduce to a minimum; decrease to the least possible amount, degree, etc.
To take away; to subtract.
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  1. To take away; to subtract.
  2. To make smaller or less; reduce or lessen.
  3. (Intransitive) To become smaller.
To criticize sharply:
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  1. To criticize sharply:
  2. To cut a slit or slits in, especially so as to reveal an underlying color:
  3. To cut slits in (a fabric, dress, etc.), esp. so as to expose underlying material, usually of another color
To reduce in force, value, amount, or degree; weaken:
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  1. To reduce in force, value, amount, or degree; weaken:
  2. (Electronics) To reduce the amplitude of an electrical signal with little or no distortion.
  3. To become thin, weak, etc.
To lessen the force, strength, purity, or brilliance of, especially by admixture.
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  1. To lessen the force, strength, purity, or brilliance of, especially by admixture.
  2. To change or weaken (in brilliance, force, effect, etc.) by mixing with something else
  3. To become diluted
To furnish with a retrenchment (defensive work within a fortification).
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  1. To furnish with a retrenchment (defensive work within a fortification).
  2. To reduce (expenses, for example); cut down.
  3. To take up a new defensive position.
(Informal) To lower (a price, rate, etc.) by a slight margin
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  1. (Informal) To lower (a price, rate, etc.) by a slight margin
  2. To cut (the beard, for example) at the surface of the skin with a razor or shaver.
  3. (Informal) To purchase (a note, bill, etc.) at a discount greater than the legal or customary rate
To remove by or as if by cutting, clipping, or shaving:
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  1. To remove by or as if by cutting, clipping, or shaving:
  2. To reduce or diminish (costs, etc.) gradually
  3. To cut or trim away (the rind, skin, covering, rough surface, etc.) of (anything); peel
To reduce:
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  1. To reduce:
  2. To cut out or get rid of as being unnecessary
  3. To cut off or remove dead or living parts or branches of (a plant, for example) to improve shape or growth.
To replace (the edge of a crystal) with a plane face.
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  1. To replace (the edge of a crystal) with a plane face.
  2. To shorten or reduce:
  3. To shorten (a number) by dropping one or more digits after the decimal point.
To make less by gradually using up (resources, funds, strength, etc.)
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  1. To make less by gradually using up (resources, funds, strength, etc.)
  2. To consume or reduce to a very low amount; use up:
  3. To use up gradually the resources, strength, etc. of
To become reduced for a period of time.
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  1. To become reduced for a period of time.
  2. (Law) To become void.
  3. To become less in amount, degree, force, etc.; diminish
  1. To reduce, lessen, or decrease.
  2. To operate or work (against)
  3. To make or become milder, less severe, less rigorous, or less painful; moderate
To make less extreme, severe, or strong:
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  1. To make less extreme, severe, or strong:
  2. To limit or reduce slightly; moderate
  3. To change or alter; esp., to change slightly or partially in character, form, etc.
A book or series in which cases are summarized and indexed by topics, such as legal issues involved in the case or statutes on which the court ruled.
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  1. A book or series in which cases are summarized and indexed by topics, such as legal issues involved in the case or statutes on which the court ruled.
  2. To change (food), esp. in the mouth, stomach, and intestines by the action of gastric and intestinal juices, enzymes, and bacteria, into a form that can be absorbed by the body
  3. To soften, disintegrate, etc. by the use of heat, usually together with water or other liquid
To confine within bounds; set a limit to; restrict; curb
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  1. To confine within bounds; set a limit to; restrict; curb
  2. To confine or restrict with a limit:
  3. A number or point for which, from a given set of numbers or points, one can choose an arbitrarily close number or point. For example, for the set of all real numbers greater than zero and less than one, the numbers one and zero are limit points, since one can pick a number from the set arbitrarily close to one or zero (even though one and zero are not themselves in the set). Limits form the basis for calculus , where a number L is defined to be the limit approached by a function f(x) as x approaches a if, for every positive number Ɛ, there exists a number ẟ such that | f(x)−L | < Ɛ if 0 < | x−a | < ẟ.
(Informal) To be frank and open:
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  1. (Informal) To be frank and open:
  2. To bring persons or things to an equal level; equalize.
  3. So as to be level; so as to be flat, even, in line, etc.
To make or become smaller or less important
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  1. To make or become smaller or less important
  2. To cause an object to decrease or become smaller in some parameter, e.g. to shrink
  3. (Economics) To reduce the amount of available currency or credit and thus lower prices.
To press together; make more compact by or as by pressure
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  1. To press together; make more compact by or as by pressure
  2. To encode (digital data) so that it can be stored or transmitted in significantly fewer bits
  3. (Computers) To encode (data) to minimize the space required for storage or transmittal:
To get, acquire, or incur
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  1. To get, acquire, or incur
  2. To hire (a person, business, etc.) to perform under contract
  3. To become reduced in size or bulk; draw together; shrink; narrow; shorten
To pull, tear, or take off (a covering, skin, etc.) from (a person or thing)
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  1. To pull, tear, or take off (a covering, skin, etc.) from (a person or thing)
  2. To mount (a photographic positive or negative) on paper to be used in making a printing plate.
  3. To damage or break the threads of (a screw, for example) or the teeth of (a gear).
In a thin way
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  1. In a thin way
  2. To make or become thin or thinner, as in dimension, density, etc.
  3. In a thin manner:
To cause (an illustration, for example) to bleed.
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  1. To cause (an illustration, for example) to bleed.
  2. To trim (a page, for example) so closely as to mutilate the printed or illustrative matter.
  3. To obtain money from, especially by improper means.
To reduce in value.
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  1. To reduce in value.
To lower the exchange value of (a currency) by lowering its gold equivalency.
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  1. To lower the exchange value of (a currency) by lowering its gold equivalency.
  2. To lessen or, sometimes, annul the value, importance, etc. of
  3. To lower or remove the value of something.
To enunciate with clarity and precision:
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  1. To enunciate with clarity and precision:
  2. (Sports) To hit or kick (the ball) in a certain direction.
  3. To cut (an item) out of (a newspaper, magazine, etc.)
To create artistic abstractions of (something else, such as a concrete object or another style):
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  1. To create artistic abstractions of (something else, such as a concrete object or another style):
  2. To take away; remove:
  3. To think of (a quality) apart from any particular instance or material object that has it; also, to form (a general idea) from particular instances
To prepare a summary of something
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  1. To prepare a summary of something
  2. To make a summary of; state briefly
  3. To give a recapitulation of the salient facts; to recapitulate or review
To be an epitome of.
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  1. To be an epitome of.
  2. To make an epitome of; sum up.
  3. To be a typical example of:
(Archaic) To give knowledge to; enlighten
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  1. (Archaic) To give knowledge to; enlighten
  2. (Intransitive) To become less serious or more cheerful.
  3. To become light; grow brighter
To cut (something) down to the required size or shape
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  1. To cut (something) down to the required size or shape
  2. (Nautical) To adjust (the sails and yards) so that they receive the wind properly.
  3. To change one's opinions or viewpoint so as to satisfy opposing factions, etc.; compromise
Used other than as an idiom: rake off.
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: rake off.
  2. To remove (something from something) in a sweeping motion.
(Intransitive, idiomatic) to get to a stable level, to cease oscillating
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  1. (Intransitive, idiomatic) to get to a stable level, to cease oscillating
(Intransitive) To retreat.
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  1. (Intransitive) To retreat.
  2. To return to a prior state.
  3. To postpone.
(Idiomatic) To continue, to hold and to manage well.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To continue, to hold and to manage well.
  2. (Idiomatic) To restrain; to check.
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  1. To write a memorandum about.
  2. To reduce the price of.
  3. To subtract marks (points) for an error.
To reduce the size of something whilst maintaining proportion
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  1. To reduce the size of something whilst maintaining proportion
  2. To reduce the cost of a process, or the amount spent on something
(Intransitive) Used other than as an idiom: see boil,"Ž down.
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  1. (Intransitive) Used other than as an idiom: see boil,"Ž down.
  2. To reduce (to the most central elements or ingredients: to the essence, core, or implication for action).
  3. (Intransitive) To become reduced (to the most central elements or ingredients: to the essence, core, or implication for action).
(Intransitive, of something intense) to lessen
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  1. (Intransitive, of something intense) to lessen
Simple past tense and past participle of cut off.
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  1. Simple past tense and past participle of cut off.
  2. To stop providing funds to someone.
  3. To end abruptly.
Used other than as an idiom: see cut,"Ž down.
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: see cut,"Ž down.
  2. (Idiomatic) To reduce the amount of something.
  3. To bring down by cutting.
Make shorter by cutting
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  1. Make shorter by cutting
  2. (Idiomatic) interrupt and curtail before the planned end time.
(Intransitive with on) To reduce consumption.
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  1. (Intransitive with on) To reduce consumption.
  2. (Intransitive with on) To reduce the amount of (something).
  3. (Intransitive with on) To reduce spending.
To derive by deduction; deduce.
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  1. To derive by deduction; deduce.
  2. To take away (a quantity) from another; subtract.
  3. To take away a desirable part:
To become less in amount, degree, force, etc.; diminish
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  1. To become less in amount, degree, force, etc.; diminish
  2. (Law) To become void.
  3. To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen:
To cause to taper.
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  1. To cause to taper.
  2. (Music) To reduce a perfect or minor interval by a semitone.
  3. (Intransitive) To become smaller.
To become empty by the drawing off of liquid:
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  1. To become empty by the drawing off of liquid:
  2. To cause (a resource or supply of something) to be used up gradually and often completely.
  3. To receive the waters of
(Intransitive, figuratively) To fall away in quality; degenerate, sink.
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  1. (Intransitive, figuratively) To fall away in quality; degenerate, sink.
  2. To cause to dwindle:
  3. (Intransitive) To decrease, shrink, diminish, reduce in size.
To fall back from the flood stage.
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  1. To fall back from the flood stage.
  2. To weaken or lessen; decline
To make less; to diminish; to reduce.
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  1. To make less; to diminish; to reduce.
  2. To become less; decrease:
  3. (Archaic) To belittle; minimize; disparage
(Intransitive, of something intense) to lessen
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  1. (Intransitive, of something intense) to lessen
The chief of the 12 Apostles. He is traditionally regarded as the first bishop of Rome and author of two epistles in the New Testament.
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  1. The chief of the 12 Apostles. He is traditionally regarded as the first bishop of Rome and author of two epistles in the New Testament.
  2. To diminish slowly and come to an end. Often used with out :
  3. (Informal) To become gradually smaller, weaker, etc. and then cease or disappear
To beat to obtuseness; to deprive of keenness; to blunt; to turn back the point of, as a lance used for exercise.
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  1. To beat to obtuseness; to deprive of keenness; to blunt; to turn back the point of, as a lance used for exercise.
  2. To lessen; diminish.
  3. (Rare) To reduce; lessen
(Cooking) To boil (a liquid) in order to decrease the volume and concentrate the flavors
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  1. (Cooking) To boil (a liquid) in order to decrease the volume and concentrate the flavors
  2. To bring to a specified undesirable state, as of weakness or helplessness:
  3. To bring into a certain order; systematize
(Intransitive) To gradually subside or diminish; to tail off.
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  1. (Intransitive) To gradually subside or diminish; to tail off.
To become gradually narrower or thinner toward one end.
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  1. To become gradually narrower or thinner toward one end.
  2. To diminish or lessen gradually. Often used with off :
  3. To lessen; diminish
(Law) The termination of a suit, quashing of a nuisance, etc.
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  1. (Law) The termination of a suit, quashing of a nuisance, etc.
  2. The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed; in particular from a tax. [Late 15th century.]
  3. (Law) The act of reducing something, such as a tax, for some period of time or of eliminating something, such as a nuisance, permanently.
A movie at a given stage in its editing:
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  1. A movie at a given stage in its editing:
  2. A part that has been cut from a main body:
  3. A reduction:
(Soccer) An offensive pass played into a position further from the attacking goal line.
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  1. (Soccer) An offensive pass played into a position further from the attacking goal line.
  2. A sharp reversal of direction, as of a ball carrier in football.
  3. The act or result of cutting back
The act or process of decreasing or becoming gradually less.
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  1. The act or process of decreasing or becoming gradually less.
  2. (Math.) The quantity by which a variable decreases or is decreased: a negative decrement results in an increase
  3. A small quantity removed or lost. One of a series of regular subtractions.
The act of diminishing; reducing in size, quantity, or quality.
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  1. The act of diminishing; reducing in size, quantity, or quality.
The act or process of diminishing; a lessening or reduction.
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  1. The act or process of diminishing; a lessening or reduction.
  2. (Music) Variation of a theme by shortening, usually halving, the time value of the notes
  3. (Music) Statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration, usually one-half, of the original.
A pipe or channel by which liquid is drawn off.
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  1. A pipe or channel by which liquid is drawn off.
  2. (Surgery) A tube or other device for drawing off discharge, fluid, etc. from a cavity, wound, etc.
  3. (Medicine) A device, such as a tube, inserted into the opening of a wound or body cavity to facilitate discharge of fluid or purulent material.
The changing of a fraction into a simpler form, especially by dividing the numerator and denominator by a common factor. For example, the fraction8 /12 can be reduced to4 /6 , which can be further reduced to2 /3 , in each case by dividing both the numerator and denominator by 2.
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  1. The changing of a fraction into a simpler form, especially by dividing the numerator and denominator by a common factor. For example, the fraction8 /12 can be reduced to4 /6 , which can be further reduced to2 /3 , in each case by dividing both the numerator and denominator by 2.
  2. The result of reducing:
  3. Anything made or brought about by reducing, as a smaller copy, lowered price, sauce of concentrated liquid, etc.
A short diagonal line (/) used between two words to show that either is applicable (and/or), in dates or fractions (3/8), to express “per” (feet/second), etc.; virgule
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  1. A short diagonal line (/) used between two words to show that either is applicable (and/or), in dates or fractions (3/8), to express “per” (feet/second), etc.; virgule
  2. A decorative slit in a fabric or garment.
  3. A cut made by or as by such a stroke; gash; slit
A slowing down, as of production
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  1. A slowing down, as of production
  2. The act or process of slowing down; a slackening of pace:
  3. A reduction in speed, or a decrease in the level of production, etc.
A small or very slender candle.
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  1. A small or very slender candle.
  2. A wax candle, esp. a long, slender one
  3. A long wax-coated wick used to light candles or gas lamps.

Synonym Study

  • Reduce implies a lowering, or bringing down to reduce prices
  • Diminish emphasizes subtraction from the whole by some external agent disease had diminished their ranks
  • Lessen is equivalent to decrease , except that it does not imply any particular rate of decline his influence lessened overnight
  • Decrease and dwindle suggest a growing gradually smaller in bulk, size, volume, or number, but dwindle emphasizes a marked wasting away to the point of disappearance his hopes decreased as his fortune dwindled away to nothing
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