reduce to

reduce to
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "reduce to":
present tense I/you/we/they reduce to he/she/it reduces to present participle reducing to past tense reduced to past participle reduced to
1) reduce something to something to make something change into a different form by damaging it or crushing it

The fruit is reduced to a pulp and then mixed with sugar.

This beautiful forest has been reduced to a wasteland.

reduce something to rubble/dust/ashes:

The building was reduced to rubble by the explosion.

2)
a) reduce someone to something to force someone into an unpleasant state or situation

Stress had reduced him to a nervous wreck.

b) reduce someone to tears/silence to upset or shock someone so much that they cry or are unable to speak

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