downsize

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verb down·size \ˈdau̇n-ˌsīz\

Definition of downsize

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce in size; especially :  to design or produce in smaller size

  3. 2 :  to fire (employees) for the purpose of downsizing a business

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to undergo a reduction in size

Examples of downsize in a Sentence

  1. They have downsized the car's engine in the new model.

  2. The company is planning to downsize next year.

  3. The company will be downsized next year.

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First Known Use of downsize

1975


DOWNSIZE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of downsize for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) smaller

  • : to make a company smaller and more efficient by reducing the number of workers



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