Simple Definition of downsize
: to make (something) smaller
: to make a company smaller and more efficient by reducing the number of workers
Full Definition of downsize
1 : to reduce in size; especially : to design or produce in smaller size
2 : to fire (employees) for the purpose of downsizing a business
: to undergo a reduction in size
Examples of downsize in a sentence
They have downsized the car's engine in the new model.
The company is planning to downsize next year.
The company will be downsized next year.
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