from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reduce in number or size: a corporation that downsized its personnel in response to a poor economy.
  • transitive v. To dismiss or lay off from work: workers who were downsized during the recession.
  • transitive v. To make in a smaller size: cars that were downsized during an era of high gasoline prices.
  • intransitive v. To become smaller in size by reductions in personnel: Corporations continued to downsize after the economy recovered.

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  • v. To reduce in size or number.
  • v. To reduce the workforce of.
  • v. To terminate the employment of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make in a smaller size
  • v. dismiss from work
  • v. reduce in size or number


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down- +‎ size



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