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 Some will downsize but others might need to expand, especially if work stations must be spaced further apart. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "How commercial real estate in metro Phoenix is faring during COVID-19 pandemic," 4 July 2020 Some simply want to downsize, reduce their carbon footprint, while others want to get back to a simpler way of life, where possessions are much less important than people and experiences. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "I'd rather live in a cool tiny home than a sprawling Texas mansion. Here's why.," 29 June 2020 The condo project had already received approvals from the city, but council president Tim Aicher said the applicant did some market research and decided to downsize the individual units. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Condominiums start at $550,000 for a recently completed project in Delafield," 24 June 2020 The most recent was published in early 2020 before the COVID-19 outbreak, and the next one will surely downsize forecasts for the next couple of years. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "6 reasons Boeing’s financial picture may be brighter than most assume," 20 June 2020 In a memo to staff, CEO Bernard Looney said the cuts were in line with plans set out in February to downsize staff as the company reduces carbon emissions. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "How racism, COVID-19 and air pollution reveal striking patterns of inequality," 11 June 2020 Departments that once had record numbers of cops, bankrolled by a Clinton-era federal hiring grant, were forced to downsize. Simone Weichselbaum And Nicole Lewis, USA TODAY, "Support for defunding police departments is growing. Here's why it's not an easy solution.," 9 June 2020 Businesses entered hiring freezes, downsized, or closed altogether due to the health crisis. Fox News, "Unemployment rate falls to 13 percent, 2020 grads should prepare for market turnaround, industry experts say," 6 June 2020 The jet manufacturer is also downsizing its staff in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada by about 630 employees. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Tourism industry prepares for travel to pick up," 28 May 2020

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First Known Use of downsize

1975, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Downsize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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