[ US /ˈdaʊnˌsaɪz/ ]
[ UK /dˈa‍ʊnsa‍ɪz/ ]
  1. dismiss from work
    three secretaries were downsized during the financial crisis
  2. design or manufacture in a smaller size
    the car makers downsized the SUVs when fuel became very expensive
  3. (of a company) reduce in size or number of employees
    the company downsized its research staff
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How To Use downsize In A Sentence

  • ‘We downsized our house and trimmed our needs so we don't need the higher income at all, ‘she says.’
  • In March 2004, the company announced plans to refit 50 stores and downsize its Big W chain to increase profits.
  • The foreign office budget has been halved since 2010, with embassies closed or downsized. Times, Sunday Times
  • The moving specialists' first task is to help the seniors downsize their belongings so they can fit into, say, a retirement-center efficiency or a one-bedroom apartment.
  • The constant nagging from officials to downsize and be more fuel efficient seems to have (ironically) encouraged motorists to go extra large. The Sun
  • ENO must downsize, refocus and rise again. Times, Sunday Times
  • In his case, on appeal, the Chief Justice for the first time ruled that the defence of chance medley that downsized murder to manslaughter could not be pleaded under British law.
  • Rooms can easily be added or removed, so people can upsize and downsize without having to move home. Times, Sunday Times
  • I got a degree in networking from NYU and worked at a French bank in mid-town until 2001 when they downsized their IT department.
  • In the words of one senior DOD official, The peace dividend requirement forced us to downsize. David Isenberg: Outsourcing War and Peace: Part 1
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