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

transitive verb

: to reduce in size
especially : to design or produce in smaller size
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Downsize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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down·​size ˈdau̇n-ˌsīz How to pronounce downsize (audio)
: to reduce in size
the company downsized its staff to cut costs

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