verb Date: 1975 transitive verb 1. to reduce in size; especially to design or produce in smaller size 2. to fire (employees) for the purpose of downsizing a business intransitive verb to undergo a reduction in size

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  • downsize — down‧size [ˈdaʊnsaɪz] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] HUMAN RESOURCES if a company downsizes, it reduces the number of employees and levels of management that it has: • If your company downsizes and you are over 50, your working life may be… …   Financial and business terms

  • downsize — meaning ‘to reduce in size or scale’, is first recorded in the 1970s with reference to the manufacture of smaller and more economical motor cars. In the US in the early 1980s it rapidly acquired its now primary meaning, in the euphemistic jargon… …   Modern English usage

  • downsize — ☆ downsize [doun′sīz΄ ] vt. downsized, downsizing 1. to design or manufacture a smaller version of 2. to reduce in size, extent, etc. [to downsize a company by eliminating jobs] vi. to become smaller in size or extent, as by eliminating employees …   English World dictionary

  • downsize — v. To reduce the size of a workforce in response to economic conditions or business needs. See also layoff The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • downsize — 1986 in reference to companies shedding jobs; earlier (1975) in reference to U.S. automakers building smaller cars and trucks (supposedly a coinage at General Motors), from DOWN (Cf. down) (adv.) + SIZE (Cf. size). Related: Downsized; downsizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • downsize — [v] to decrease in size, especially of a workforce curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, decrease, deduct, diminish, phase down, phase out, reduce, retrench, roll back, roll down, scale back, scale down, shrink, step down, trim, trim away, tune down; …   New thesaurus

  • downsize — ► VERB chiefly N. Amer. 1) make smaller. 2) (of a company) shed staff …   English terms dictionary

  • downsize — [[t]da͟ʊnsaɪz[/t]] downsizes, downsizing, downsized VERB To downsize something such as a business or industry means to make it smaller. [V n] American manufacturing organizations have been downsizing their factories. [V ed] s downsized… …   English dictionary

  • downsize — UK [ˈdaʊnˌsaɪz] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms downsize : present tense I/you/we/they downsize he/she/it downsizes present participle downsizing past tense downsized past participle downsized business to make a company or… …   English dictionary

  • downsize — /down suyz /, v., downsized, downsizing, adj. v.t. 1. to design or manufacture a smaller version or type of: The automotive industry downsized its cars for improved fuel economy. 2. to reduce in number; cut back. adj. 3. Also, downsized. being of …   Universalium

  • downsize — verb a) To reduce in size or number. The company chose to downsize by laying off half of its workers. b) To reduce the workforce of. They downsized the division by offering attractive early retirement packages and selling off an office building …   Wiktionary

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