reduce etymology

English word reduce comes from Latin ducere ("be thou led, be thou guided". "to lead, to guide".), Old French reduire (To reduce.), Latin dux, Latin re-

Detailed word origin of reduce

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ducere Latin (lat) "be thou led, be thou guided". "to lead, to guide".
reduire Old French (fro) To reduce.
dux Latin (lat) (Medieval Latin) duke. Commander, general. Leader. Prince, ruler.
re- Latin (lat) Again; prefix added to various words to indicate an action being done again, or like the other usages indicated above under English.. Back, backwards.
reduire Middle French (frm) To reduce.
duce Romanian (ron) (intransitive) to lead, to go. (reflexive, with accusative) to go. (reflexive, with accusative; figuratively) to die. (transitive) to carry, to lead Duke.
reduco Latin (lat) (Medieval Latin) I quell, I subdue, I subjugate [10th C.]. (figuratively) I bring back, restore, recall, revive, replace; reform. (figuratively) I bring, make or reduce to a certain condition or quality. (figuratively) I bring, produce or get out a quantity of. (military, of troops) I withdraw, cause to retreat, draw off, remove. I lead, draw, bring or conduct back; bring or accompany home.
réduire French (fra) (chemistry, cooking) to reduce. (medicine) to reduce, set. (military) to capture (place), quell (opposition etc.). (pronominal) to amount, come down à to. To cut (prices); to shorten (text); to reduce, scale down (pictures etc.). To reduce. To reduce (someone) à to. To reduce (something) en to.
reducer Old French (fro)
reduce English (eng) (intransitive) To lose weight.. (transitive) To bring down the size, quantity, quality, value or intensity of something; to diminish, to lower, to impair.. (transitive) To bring to an inferior rank; to degrade, to demote.. (transitive) To bring to an inferior state or condition.. (transitive) To humble; to conquer; to subdue; to capture.. (transitive, chemistry) To add electrons / hydrogen [...]

Words with the same origin as reduce

Descendants of ducere
abduction douche educate seduce
Descendants of dux
conduct conductor conduit deduction duke education educational misconduct
Descendants of re-
arrest rain reaction receive recognize record regret relationship relax remain remember remove repeat reputation request rescue research respect responsibility responsible rest return revolution reward ship