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downsize

[doun-sahyz] /ˈdaʊnˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), downsized, downsizing.
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.
adjective
3.
Also, downsized. being of a smaller size or version:
a downsize car.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75, Americanism; down1 + size1
Can be confused
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British Dictionary definitions for down-size

downsize

/ˈdaʊnˌsaɪz/
verb (transitive) -sizes, -sizing, -sized
1.
to reduce the operating costs of a company by reducing the number of people it employs
2.
to reduce the size of or produce a smaller version of (something)
3.
to upgrade (a computer system) by replacing a mainframe or minicomputer with a network of microcomputers Compare rightsize
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Word Origin and History for down-size

downsize

v.

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 (adv.) + size (v.). Related: Downsized; downsizing.

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down-size in Culture

downsize definition


To reduce in number, especially personnel: “The company decided to downsize half the workers in the aircraft division.” It can also be used in reference to objects: “I decided to downsize my wardrobe and threw out all my old T-shirts.”

Note: Downsize is a recent euphemism for “fire, lay off.” Company managers often use this term in an attempt to soften the blow of wide-scale layoffs.
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Slang definitions & phrases for down-size

downsize

verb

To reduce the size of a company by eliminating employees, in order to increase profits (1980s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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