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v. down·sized, down·siz·ing, down·siz·es
1. To reduce in number or size: a corporation that downsized its personnel in response to a poor economy.
2. To dismiss or lay off from work: workers who were downsized during the recession.
3. To make in a smaller size: cars that were downsized during an era of high gasoline prices.
4. To simplify (one's life, for instance), as by reducing the number of one's possessions.
1. To become smaller in size by reductions in personnel or assets: Corporations continued to downsize after the economy recovered.
2. To live in a simpler way, especially by moving into a smaller residence.
vb (tr) , -sizes, -sizing or -sized
1. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) to reduce the operating costs of a company by reducing the number of people it employs
2. (Marketing) to reduce the size of or produce a smaller version of (something)
3. (Computer Science) to upgrade (a computer system) by replacing a mainframe or minicomputer with a network of microcomputers. Compare rightsize
v.t. -sized, -siz•ing.
1. to reduce in size or number; cut back: to downsize a company or labor force.
2. to dismiss (an employee); lay off: He was downsized and is looking for a new job.
3. to design or manufacture a smaller version of: The company downsized its cars for improved fuel economy.
Past participle: downsized
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|Verb||1.||downsize - dismiss from work; "three secretaries were downsized during the financial crisis"|
|2.||downsize - make in a smaller size; "the car makers downsized the SUVs when fuel became very expensive"|
|3.||downsize - reduce in size or number; "the company downsized its research staff"|