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down·size

 (doun′sīz′)
v. down·sized, down·siz·ing, down·siz·es
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
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.

downsizing

(ˈdaʊnˌsaɪzɪŋ)
n
1. (Commerce) a reduction of the number of people that a company employs
2. (Commerce) a reduction in size
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.downsizing - the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable
saving, economy - an act of economizing; reduction in cost; "it was a small economy to walk to work every day"; "there was a saving of 50 cents"
Translations

downsizing

[ˈdaʊnsaɪzɪŋ] n [company, industry] → dégraissage mDown's syndrome Down's [ˈdaʊnz]
n (= condition) → trisomie f
modif [baby, child] → trisomique; [foetus] → trisomique
References in periodicals archive ?
Close scrutiny of the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan's leading economic newspaper, reveals announcements of proposed large-labor force reductions rather than detail s of actual downsizings that have occurred.
Population downsizing is the sum of downsizings of all firms in the population, minus the focal firm, over the previous three years; for example, population downsizing for 1990 is based on downsizings in 1987, 1988, and 1989.
I have been through several downsizings on the mill side and one mill closure.
Downsizing or elimination of some traditional engineering firms serving the paper industry
The largest organizations anticipate more downsizings in the next three years (2001-2003):
Please Go, Please Stay: The New Rules of Downsizing and Retention is based on research conducted by Global Strategy Group (GSG) on behalf of LHH.
Our inquiry into how managers understand the downsizings that they have participated in supports the existence of three ideal types.
H2: the implementation of downsizing measures by a company is positively related to the number of downsizings previously carried out by the leading companies in the given sector.
Recently, however, casual observers are reporting that many companies which announced downsizings have not reached anticipated goals, and in fact, may be worse off than before the action as expected benefits do not come to fruition (Fefer, 1994; Lesley & Light, 1992; Margulis, 1994).
Most downsizings are done surreptitiously, in the hopes that consumers won't notice.
The only decline in this was during the late 1980s when downsizings, mergers and reorganizations were rampant.
Now, however, downsizing is just another management tool to increase profitability, efficiency, and competitiveness.