English version

reduce somebody/something to something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishreduce somebody/something to something phrasal verb1 reduce somebody to tears/silence etcFORCE somebody TO DO something to make someone cry, be silent etc She was reduced to tears in front of her students.2 reduce somebody to doing somethingFORCE somebody TO DO something to make someone do something they would rather not do, especially when it involves behaving or living in a way that is not as good as before Eventually Charlotte was reduced to begging on the streets.3 reduce something to ashes/rubble/ruinsDESTROY to destroy something, especially a building, completely A massive earthquake reduced the city to rubble.4 REDUCEto change something into a shorter simpler form Many jobs can be reduced to a few simple points. reduce→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
reduce somebody to tears/silence etcAt mealtimes, Kornemann would rail at his wife in front of the boys, reducing her to tears.Initially, it was the existential absurdity of his predicament that reduced Sooty to silence.It becomes the subject of innumerable short stories and songs, of films that reduce their audiences to tears.Outside in her car she kept a tight grip on herself, refusing to let her humiliation reduce her to tears.She would come home in tears and reduce my wife to tears.They might stop me having visitors if they think I reduce them to tears.He has in his grasp the ability to reduce anyone to tears, through a snappy headline or lurid story.reduce somebody to doing somethingThey were reduced to begging on the streets.
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Verb table
reduce
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyreduce
he, she, itreduces
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyreduced
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave reduced
he, she, ithas reduced
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad reduced
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill reduce
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have reduced
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam reducing
he, she, itis reducing
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you, we, theyare reducing
Past
I, he, she, itwas reducing
you, we, theywere reducing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been reducing
he, she, ithas been reducing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been reducing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be reducing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been reducing
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