down·​size | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌsīz How to pronounce downsize (audio) \
downsized; downsizing; downsizes

Definition of downsize

transitive verb

1 : to reduce in size especially : to design or produce in smaller size
2 : to fire (employees) for the purpose of downsizing a business

intransitive verb

: to undergo a reduction in size

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Browning wants the city to downsize the encampment and increase trash pickup. oregonlive, 16 May 2021 In Minneapolis, there are several efforts to significantly downsize the Police Department and create a new public safety division. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2021 The budget cuts typically scale with the need to downsize the Army to its pre-war levels. Vikram Mittal, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 City staff worked to downsize the project from 256 townhomes to the current 211 to be built at Merrick Square, with about eight units for every acre of land in the area. Amber Randall,, 3 Mar. 2021 On Wednesday, city officials announced intentions to move more quickly to clean up, downsize or completely remove encampments throughout the city saying their more passive strategy was failing to keep the city clean from public health hazards. oregonlive, 22 May 2021 Coard Benson, a real estate agent at Benson and Mangold Real Estate in Talbot County, said some older homeowners who want to sell their homes to downsize but cannot find smaller, more affordable homes to purchase due to the lack of supply. Julia Arbutus,, 20 May 2021 Millennials are delaying purchasing a home due to lifestyle choices and student debt, while the number of Boomers with empty nests seeking to downsize is increasing. Whitson Huffman, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Airlines have had to downsize their fleets and, in some cases, it's forced an early retirement for wide-body jets such as the Boeing 777 and Airbus A380. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of downsize

1975, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of downsize was in 1975

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13 Jun 2021

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“Downsize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of downsize

: to make (something) smaller
: to make a company smaller and more efficient by reducing the number of workers

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