Downsize definition

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To reduce in number or size.

A corporation that downsized its personnel in response to a poor economy.

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To make in a smaller size.

Cars that were downsized during an era of high gasoline prices.

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To simplify (one's life, for instance), as by reducing the number of one's possessions.
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To become smaller in size by reductions in personnel or assets.

Corporations continued to downsize after the economy recovered.

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To live in a simpler way, especially by moving into a smaller residence.
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To design or manufacture a smaller version of.
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To reduce in size, extent, etc.

To downsize a company by eliminating jobs.

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(informal) To fire (an employee) in an attempt to reduce expenditures.
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To become smaller in size or extent, as by eliminating employees or reducing expenditures.
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(intransitive) To reduce in size or number.

The company chose to downsize by laying off half of its workers.

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To reduce the workforce of.

They downsized the division by offering attractive early-retirement packages and selling off an office building.

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To terminate the employment of.

Joe got downsized and became a plumber.

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To dismiss or lay off from work.

Workers who were downsized during the recession.

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Origin of downsize

  • down- +‎ size

    From Wiktionary