redress, n. 1. amends, reparation, atonement, restitution, restoration, correction, repair; requital, quittance, retribution, satisfaction; compensation, recompense, payment, remuneration, indemnification.
2. improvement, betterment, amelioration, melioration, help, aid, assistance; relief, alleviation, assuagement, mitigation, mollification, appeasement, softening, easing, reduction, lessening; rescue, deliverance, liberation, release, Law. acquittal.
-v. 3. rectify, set right, make right, set straight, square, settle, patch up; remedy, heal, repair, mend, fix, fix up, correct, reform, amend; improve, better, ameliorate, meliorate, help or aid a situation; relieve, alleviate, assuage, allay, mitigate, mollify, appease, ease, soften, reduce, lessen; readjust, adjust, regulate, put on an even keel; balance, even up, make fair.
4. recompense, repay, compensate for, make it up to [s.o.]; make amends, make reparation or restitution, restore, make up for; atone for, expiate, pay for. red tape, n. paperwork, paper pushing, writing, documentation, information-gathering, research; papers, forms, documents, blanks to be filled out; make-work, nonsense, junk, Inf. fiddle-faddle, Inf. messing or playing around, SI. bull, SI. mickey-mouse; bureaucracy, procedure, routine, motions, steps, protocol, etiquette, Inf. SOP; ceremony, ceremoniousness, formality, concern with form, propriety, Inf. hocus pocus, Inf. mumbo jumbo; rigidity, punctilio, attention to detail; officialism, beadledom, redtapism, pettiness, small-mindedness, rigmarole. reduce, v. 1. decrease, diminish, retrench, subtract, subduct, lessen, shorten, contract, miniaturize; cut, cut into, cut down, cut back, cut short, Inf make a dent in, abridge, abbreviate, Obs. breviate; narrow, shrink, compress, buff, dock, crop, clip, shear, trim, pare down, shave, nip; curtail, limit, constrict, restrict, confine, cramp; abstract, synopsize, summarize, condense, digest, brief, epitomize; stub, stunt, truncate; slim down, slenderize, shrivel, wither; Naut. reef.
2. mitigate, ease, relax, alleviate, relieve, let up, attenuate, abate, slacken, remit, assuage, mellow, Obs. lenify; restrain, harness, bridle, repress, retard, curb, check, temper, modify, moderate; soften, modulate, tone down, turn down, tune down, muffle, mute, quiet, silence, deaden; brake, slow down, throttle down, rein, rein in; blunt, bate, dull; incapacitate, enfeeble, debilitate, break, inactivate, devitalize.
3. degrade, demote, downgrade, lower in rank or standing, dismiss or remove from office, declass, break or strip of rank, disrate, cashier, Mil. drum out, Mil. SI. bust, Inf kick upstairs, disbar, defrock or unfrock; depose, unseat, dethrone, Rare, disenthrone; shame, put to shame, disgrace, dishonor, bring low, ruin, debase, abase, vitiate, lower; humble, humiliate, mortify, SI. put down.
4. belittle, deprecate, disparage, detract, deflate, put in one's place, depreciate, derogate, Inf. talk down; minimize, dispraise, underestimate, underrate, under-reckon, undervalue, slight, take away from, beggar, extenuate, misprize, think nothing of, set no store by, fail to count on.
5. embarrass, disconcert, chagrin, discomfit, discountenance, abash, confound, perplex, nonplus, confuse.
6. (all of price) discount, mark down, cut, slash, cheapen, put on sale; deduct, subtract, drop; relax, ease.
7. subdue, quell, quash, squash, checkmate, Inf. squelch, put down, foil, still, stamp out, put out, extinguish; crush, rout, discomfit, overrun, put to flight, conquer, vanquish, surmount, overcome, overpower, overwhelm, SI. wipe the floor with, Euph. kill; subjugate, subject, master.