Definition of downsize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊnsʌɪz/


[with object]
1North American Make (something) smaller: I downsized the rear wheel to 26 inches
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  • 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.
2Make (a company or organization) smaller by shedding staff: a TV news producer told what happened after her network downsized the newsroom
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  • 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.
2.1 [no object] (Of a company) shed staff: 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.

Words that rhyme with downsize

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