downsize

verb
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The park used skilled volunteers selected through a highly competitive and controversial lottery last year to kill bison, part of a toolset to downsize the herd that's been trampling meadows and archaeological sites on the canyon's North Rim. Felicia Fonseca, The Arizona Republic, 27 June 2022 The park used skilled volunteers selected through a highly competitive and controversial lottery last year to kill bison, part of a toolset to downsize the herd that's been trampling meadows and archaeological sites on the canyon's North Rim. Felicia Fonseca, ajc, 26 June 2022 Personio’s fundraising push Not all European startups, though, are having to downsize their valuation ambitions. Kevin Dowd, Forbes, 24 June 2022 The online review and reservation company also plans to downsize its office in Phoenix. Dee-ann Durbin, Chicago Tribune, 23 June 2022 Even now, Midtown’s traditional base of office workers has shrunk significantly as companies delay return-to-work plans, shift to hybrid schedules, downsize offices or move to cheaper locations. New York Times, 2 June 2022 And even if empty-nesters are ready to pay a premium to downsize, a recent surge in inflation has bitten into their savings. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2022 But the opponent will have plenty of say in regard to whether the Heat might downsize. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 But in 2020, the cost was $19,000, because the pandemic forced weddings to downsize. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of downsize

1975, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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Last Updated

19 Jul 2022

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“Downsize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downsize. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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