American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reduce in number or size: a corporation that downsized its personnel in response to a poor economy.
- v. To dismiss or lay off from work: workers who were downsized during the recession.
- v. To make in a smaller size: cars that were downsized during an era of high gasoline prices.
- v. To become smaller in size by reductions in personnel: Corporations continued to downsize after the economy recovered.
- v. intransitive To reduce in size or number.
- v. transitive To reduce the workforce of.
- v. transitive To terminate the employment of.
- v. make in a smaller size
- v. dismiss from work
- v. reduce in size or number
- down- + size (Wiktionary)
“Reorganizing is the word used to describe this overall activity; the word downsize was replaced later with the more accurate term rightsize to show that bigger did not necessarily mean better.”
“One of the first casualties of a corporate downsize is Bobby Walker, a hot-shot sales executive who is living the idyllic life — complete with two kids and a mortgaged picket fence.”
“The way the character would try to minimize this downsize is trying to train himself as much as possible in order to increase the amount of energy he can use at one time.”
“In other words, we could downsize from a biggish estate to a medium-sized hatchback, and reap the benefits in slightly better fuel consumption.”
“Unfortunately we’ve had to downsize from a three-bedroom duplex with a yard to a 600-sq-ft apartment, and despite being walked three to four times a day and being taken to Fiesta Island on the weekends, our poor dog is quite put out.”
“Mimi Ritzen Crawford for The Wall Street Journal The couple have decided to downsize, which is the reason for the sale.”
“He's trying to "downsize" his views and infiltrate us normal people instead of being so right-winged extreme.”
“But the term "downsize" has such a negative connotation.”
“I'm trying to "downsize" and get rid of stuff, so my children don't have to go through it later.”
“His daughter wants more independence, his would-be girlfriend may get engaged, and his job is endangered by a "downsize" expert, played by recurring guest Frances Fisher.”
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