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.
Recent Examples on the Web The vote, in which 87% of about 180 staffers who cast ballots authorized union leaders to call a strike, raises the likelihood of a work stoppage at the historic institution, which has been roiled by downsizing efforts as fundraising has plummeted. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2024 The district recently weighed a consolidation proposal of downsizing seven middle schools into three larger campuses, but the school board didn’t move forward with it. Lina Ruiz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 June 2024 For more than a decade the Department of Defense has been trying to realign medical services, bringing the four branches of the military under one health agency with the aim of cutting costs and downsizing military treatment facilities. Quil Lawrence, NPR, 17 June 2024 O’Hare said target markets for the units include residents, empty nesters perhaps, who are downsizing from large single-family houses but still need storage. Washington Post, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for downsize 

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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 13 Jul. 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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