verb (used with object), downsized, downsizing.
to design or manufacture a smaller version or type of: The automotive industry downsized its cars for improved fuel economy.
to reduce in number; cut back.
Also, downsized. being of a smaller size or version: a downsize car.

1970–75, Americanism; down1 + size1

downsize, fire, lay off, rightsize, terminate. Unabridged
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downsize (ˈdaʊnˌsaɪz)
vb , -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.  Compare rightsize to upgrade (a computer system) by replacing a mainframe or minicomputer with a network of microcomputers

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Word Origin & History

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. Related: Downsizing.
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Cultural Dictionary

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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Example sentences
In the last two years, however, helium became a focal point in the messy
  political struggle to downsize the federal budget.
It has been recently observed that as newspapers downsize their budgets
  reporting on education has been suffering.
Hold the party, but downsize it to signal that you are sensitive to the
  hardships around you.
But to process light, he needed to downsize the structure to be comparable to
  the wavelength of light itself.
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