Reduce
sluice
Why should this mean 'get smaller' when its roots indicate 'lead again'?
AdSumADS
The Latin root, reducere, has more the sense of "lead back" than "lead again." That the prefix, "re-," means again is a fine rule-of-thumb but not absolute. Consider that "remove" doesn't mean "to move a thing another time." The connection between "leading back" and dimunition is that the paradigm for advancement is growth/expansion, so the reverse motion is contraction/consolidation.
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