ADJ. big, considerable, dramatic, drastic, great, huge, large, major, marked, massive, remarkable, severe, significant, substantial The changes may result in a greater reduction in employee numbers than we had previously expected. a sale with massive reductions on selected items | minor, slight, small | further | possible | actual, net, overall, real | across-the-board, general | rapid, sharp, steep | slow | immediate, sudden | gradual, progressive, steady | initial | recent | long-term, permanent | proposed | percentage A small percentage reduction in the cost of materials would mean a significant increase in profit. | capital, cost, debt, deficit, expenditure, pay, price, tariff, tax, wage | emission, noise, pollution, waste | weight | staff | arms, troop
VERB + REDUCTION achieve, make, secure The government has found it difficult to make real reductions in government spending. Every effort is made to secure the highest possible reduction in casualties. | cause, lead to, make, produce, result in These simple changes will make a substantial reduction in the fat content of your diet. | avoid | ask for, demand, seek I asked for a reduction as the dress was damaged. | get, receive Guests staying 14 nights will receive a ten per cent reduction. | suffer They suffered a severe reduction in income. | accept, welcome | give (sb), offer (sb) | propose She proposed a reduction in the state president's powers. | notice, observe, witness I haven't noticed any significant reduction in the performance of my car since switching to unleaded fuel. | announce | forecast The budget forecasts a deficit reduction of 27%. | mean, represent Our average margins dropped to 35%, which represents a reduction in gross margins of £109 million. | show Figures just released show a steady reduction in levels of emissions over the last four years.
REDUCTION + VERB occur, take place
REDUCTION + NOUN target the government's waste reduction targets
PREP. through a/the ~ economic growth through a reduction in interest rates | ~ by reduction by 30% | ~ from, ~ in There has been a sharp reduction in the number of accidents on motorways. | ~ on a 25% reduction on normal subscription rates | ~ to a reduction in the speed limit from 50 to 40 miles per hour
PHRASES a reduction in numbers They are concerned about the reduction in numbers of people eligible for legal aid. | a reduction in the amount/number/size of sth the reduction in the number of hospital beds