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verb reduce something, usually a pain or a problem

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verb cut short

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verb worsen

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verb reduce punishment

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noun reduction, diminution

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noun downward change in value, position

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verb reduce or cause to contract

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noun decay, deterioration

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noun lessening, reduction

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verb to decrease in size, especially of a workforce

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verb seep, discharge liquid

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noun deterioration; wearing away

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verb lessen, mitigate

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noun opening; seepage through opening

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verb pause

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verb euphemize, hold back in communication

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