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Learn JLPT N3 Vocabulary: 減らす (herasu)

Learn JLPT N3 Vocabulary: 減らす (herasu)

Kana: へらす
Kanji: 減らす
Romaji: herasu

Type: Verb
Meaning: to abate, to decrease, to diminish, to shorten
JLPT level: N3

Example sentences:

海を魚で満たしたければ、魚を食べる人間を減らすしかない。
umi o sakana de mitashitakereba, sakana o taberu ningen o herasu shika nai.
If you want the oceans to replenish their fish, you need fewer people eating fish.

十五歳のとき、ケイトは新しい革靴の底を減らさないように、最寄りの駅までの20キロメートルほどを裸足で歩いた。
juugo sai no toki, keito wa atarashii kawagutsu no soko o herasanai you ni, moyori no eki made no nijuu kiromeetoru hodo o hadashi de aruita.
At fifteen, Kate walked barefoot for twenty kilometers to the nearest train station to save the leather soles of her brand-new shoes.

減らす (herasu)

車の排出ガスを減らしたければ、運転する人間を減らすしかない。
kuruma no haishutsu gasu o herashitakereba, unten suru ningen o herasu shika nai.
If you want to decrease vehicle emissions, you need fewer drivers.

現代の経済生活は、かくも長きあいだ、仕事にまつわる自然な人間の接触を減らすことに向けられてきた。
gendai no keizai seikatsu wa, kaku mo nagaki aida, shigoto ni matsuwaru shizen na ningen no sesshoku o herasu koto ni mukerarete kita.
In many past decades, modern economic life were conspiring to minimize the volume of natural human contact that takes place on the job.

Meaning in other languages:

Chinese: 减 (jiǎn)
Korean: 줄이다 (jul-ida)

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