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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.
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downsize

(ˈdaʊnˌsaɪz)
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
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down•size

(ˈdaʊnˌsaɪz)

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.
[1970–75, Amer.]
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downsize


Past participle: downsized
Gerund: downsizing

Imperative
downsize
downsize
Present
I downsize
you downsize
he/she/it downsizes
we downsize
you downsize
they downsize
Preterite
I downsized
you downsized
he/she/it downsized
we downsized
you downsized
they downsized
Present Continuous
I am downsizing
you are downsizing
he/she/it is downsizing
we are downsizing
you are downsizing
they are downsizing
Present Perfect
I have downsized
you have downsized
he/she/it has downsized
we have downsized
you have downsized
they have downsized
Past Continuous
I was downsizing
you were downsizing
he/she/it was downsizing
we were downsizing
you were downsizing
they were downsizing
Past Perfect
I had downsized
you had downsized
he/she/it had downsized
we had downsized
you had downsized
they had downsized
Future
I will downsize
you will downsize
he/she/it will downsize
we will downsize
you will downsize
they will downsize
Future Perfect
I will have downsized
you will have downsized
he/she/it will have downsized
we will have downsized
you will have downsized
they will have downsized
Future Continuous
I will be downsizing
you will be downsizing
he/she/it will be downsizing
we will be downsizing
you will be downsizing
they will be downsizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been downsizing
you have been downsizing
he/she/it has been downsizing
we have been downsizing
you have been downsizing
they have been downsizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been downsizing
you will have been downsizing
he/she/it will have been downsizing
we will have been downsizing
you will have been downsizing
they will have been downsizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been downsizing
you had been downsizing
he/she/it had been downsizing
we had been downsizing
you had been downsizing
they had been downsizing
Conditional
I would downsize
you would downsize
he/she/it would downsize
we would downsize
you would downsize
they would downsize
Past Conditional
I would have downsized
you would have downsized
he/she/it would have downsized
we would have downsized
you would have downsized
they would have downsized
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.downsize - dismiss from work; "three secretaries were downsized during the financial crisis"
furlough, lay off - dismiss, usually for economic reasons; "She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized"
2.downsize - make in a smaller size; "the car makers downsized the SUVs when fuel became very expensive"
shrink, reduce - reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?"
3.downsize - reduce in size or number; "the company downsized its research staff"
cut down, reduce, trim back, trim down, cut, cut back, trim, bring down - cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
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Translations

downsize

[ˌdaʊnˈsaɪz]
A. VThacer recortes de personal en, hacer recortes de plantilla en (Sp)
B. VIreducir (el) personal, reducir (la) plantilla (Sp)
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downsize

[ˈdaʊnsaɪz] vt [+ company, industry] → dégraisser
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downsize

[ˈdaʊnˌsaɪz] vt (workforce) → ridurre
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