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downsize Syllabification: down·size
Pronunciation: /ˈdounˌsīz/

Definition of downsize in English:


[with object]
1North American Make (something) smaller: I downsized the rear wheel to 26 inches
More example sentences
  • Also unlike a hybrid, this system would bring back the bank of batteries used in EVs, but greatly downsize it to reduce cost and weight and increase usable packaging space.
  • ‘We downsized our house and trimmed our needs so we don't need the higher income at all, ‘she says.’
  • Following rivals P&G and Colgate-Palmolive, which downsized some powder detergent brands last year, Unilever will scale down its Wisk and powder starting in July.
1.1Make (a company or organization) smaller by eliminating staff positions.
Example sentences
  • The draft of the Executive Yuan Organization Act would downsize the Cabinet from the current 35 administrative entities to 23, plus four independent institutions.
  • The following morning, ScottishPower announced a £60m restructuring to downsize the company after the sale of PacifiCorp, including the board reshuffle.
  • The major point in the contract is that the employees who will be downsized three years before their retirement age will receive a 9-wage severance package.
1.2 [no object] (Of a company) eliminate staff positions: recession forced many companies to downsize
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  • Employment at Shannon Free Zone reduced by 6% to 7,373 at the end of 2002 with many companies downsizing due to the global economic downturn.
  • And while many Western companies are downsizing at home, they are boosting hiring at their own labs in India, China, and Eastern Europe.
  • With companies busy downsizing - oops, rightsizing is the politically correct word - dressing down has become the order of the day.

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