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  1. downsizeverb

    (of a company) reduce in size or number of employees

    "the company downsized its research staff"

  2. downsizeverb

    design or manufacture in a smaller size

    "the car makers downsized the SUVs when fuel became very expensive"

  3. downsizeverb

    dismiss from work

    "three secretaries were downsized during the financial crisis"


  1. downsizeverb

    To reduce in size or number.

    The company chose to downsize by laying off half of its workers.

  2. downsizeverb

    To reduce the workforce of.

    They downsized the division by offering attractive early-retirement packages and selling off an office building.

  3. downsizeverb

    To terminate the employment of.

    Joe got downsized and became a plumber.


  1. Downsize

    Downsizing in the automobile industry is the practice of redesigning a vehicle to retain the interior volume, and often the nameplate and styling of a larger car to a smaller, more efficient platform. It was common in the 1970s following the 1973 oil crisis. General Motors was among the first to announce a downsize strategy for the whole company as a response to demand for smaller more efficient cars. An alternative strategy was to simply rebadge or mildly restyle smaller vehicles, as nameplates such as the Ford LTD and Plymouth Fury were applied to smaller platforms. The term engine downsizing is used when the car itself remains the same size but the engine is reduced, with the aim of making the vehicle more efficient.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of downsize in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of downsize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of downsize in a Sentence

  1. John Hyten:

    We made a decision about five or six years ago that we would downsize our military (health care) capabilities in the United States ... to only really focus on our deployed requirements.

  2. Dave Prentiss:

    We are looking to downsize a bit.

  3. Tunde Leye:

    Businesses may struggle to survive, or in the best case scenario, would at least downsize.

  4. Baha Mar Ltd:

    If an agreement with (China's Export Import Bank) is not reached in the near term, the debtors will be compelled to immediately downsize their operations to a minimum over approximately 45 to 60 days.

  5. Jonathan Fearon:

    One way (to boost capital) is to downsize the investment bank, the other is to raise capital. I would not be surprised to see a mixture of these two.

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