• IPA: /ˈdaʊnsaɪz/

downsize (downsizes, present participle downsizing; past and past participle downsized)

  1. (intransitive) To reduce in size or number.
    Joe and Edna moved to a bungalow after deciding to downsize when the children had left home.
    The company chose to downsize by laying off half of its workers.
  2. (transitive) To reduce the workforce of.
    Synonyms: rightsize
    They downsized the division by offering attractive early-retirement packages and selling off an office building.
  3. (transitive, euphemistic) To terminate the employment of.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:lay off
    Joe got downsized and became a plumber.
Related terms Translations
  • Russian: (imperfective) сокраща́ть
  • Spanish: hacer recortes de personal, hacer recortes de plantilla, reajustar la plantilla
  • Russian: увольнять

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