Definition of downsize in US English:



[with object]North American
  • 1Make (something) smaller.

    ‘I downsized the rear wheel to 26 inches’
    • ‘I've downsized my office furniture, even though the desk makes me feel smaller.’
    • ‘Saw a preview for the Lone Gunman that made me wince, hard; perhaps I had better start downsizing my expectations there as well.’
    • ‘I downsized it and cropped it slightly to create desktops for both macs (including a tibook size) and PCs here.’
    • ‘This approach will make it possible to reduce the overall consumption of missiles during firing, downsize the impact zone and give a chance to use more efficiently the zone's depth.’
    • ‘But one big vendor, GE Capital, is downsizing its wager by taking back some of the planes it has leased to both carriers.’
    • ‘An option being seriously considered by most vehicle manufacturers is downsizing the engine as that offers significant advantages with respect to fuel consumption and emissions.’
    • ‘The cost savings associated with downsizing the chilled water plant capacity was amplified because the emergency generators were likewise reduced in capacity.’
    • ‘Company car drivers are beginning to downsize their cars to reduce Benefit-in-Kind liability, according to Lex Vehicle Leasing.’
    • ‘These days, most Internet start-ups are hoarding their cash and downsizing their dreams.’
    • ‘‘We downsized our house and trimmed our needs so we don't need the higher income at all, ‘she says.’’
    • ‘So taking equity out of the house when you retire and downsizing your lifestyle is a problem.’
    • ‘You also get some benefit from downsizing the engine and making it a little more efficient, but you lose towing capacity.’
    • ‘In Louisiana, coastal land loss is literally downsizing the state's coast.’
    • ‘The moving specialists' first task is to help the seniors downsize their belongings so they can fit into, say, a retirement-center efficiency or a one-bedroom apartment.’
    • ‘If you're downsizing the time you'll be together, you all better schedule a restructuring meeting.’
    • ‘It implies that flexibility is much more important than downsizing expectations.’
    • ‘OEMs have the option of downsizing their current starter motors, or using a more frequent stop/start schedule with their current designs.’
    • ‘And if that is true then why not admit that Botoxing a wrinkled brow or downsizing a large nose, while cosmetic, may be reasonable choices for some to make as well.’
    • ‘Also unlike a hybrid, this system would bring back the bank of batteries used in EVs, but greatly downsize it to reduce cost and weight and increase usable packaging space.’
    • ‘Following rivals P&G and Colgate-Palmolive, which downsized some powder detergent brands last year, Unilever will scale down its Wisk and powder starting in July.’
    reduce, cut, cut down, decrease, lessen, retrench, trim, prune, slim down, scale down, salami-slice
    reduce, cut back on, cut down on, decrease, lessen, retrench, diminish, trim, prune, slim down, ease up on
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    1. 1.1 Make (a company or organization) smaller by eliminating staff positions.
      • ‘The following morning, ScottishPower announced a £60m restructuring to downsize the company after the sale of PacifiCorp, including the board reshuffle.’
      • ‘This came about following a decision by the company to downsize the Carlow plant as one of its product lines was being moved to China.’
      • ‘After two days of staff meetings, the Government Reform Committee finished its preliminary blueprint for downsizing the Cabinet.’
      • ‘After being downsized from her last corporate job, she decided to become her own boss.’
      • ‘In March 2004, the company announced plans to refit 50 stores and downsize its Big W chain to increase profits.’
      • ‘They were expressing their concern at the company's announcement that Dundalk Packaging is to close and Dundalk Brewery will be downsized.’
      • ‘We might have to trim and downsize our ministry.’
      • ‘When Standard Chartered Nakathorn Bank wanted to downsize its 68-branch Bangkok network last year, it looked to the sky for clues about which offices to shutter.’
      • ‘Given the growing number of failing establishments that were downsizing their labor forces, the timing was not right to shove a wage increase (even if a small one) down the throat of business.’
      • ‘He was telling me how his employer was sending around a survey to find out what tasks people were spending time on at work, all for the purpose of efficiency and downsizing the workforce.’
      • ‘The draft of the Executive Yuan Organization Act would downsize the Cabinet from the current 35 administrative entities to 23, plus four independent institutions.’
      • ‘The high level of automation of missile preparation and launches helped rationalize alert duty missions and downsize alert crews.’
      • ‘I got a degree in networking from NYU and worked at a French bank in mid-town until 2001 when they downsized their IT department.’
      • ‘The major point in the contract is that the employees who will be downsized three years before their retirement age will receive a 9-wage severance package.’
      • ‘But I guess it's not so different from a CEO downsizing the auditing department.’
      • ‘However, the sales and marketing director was unequivocal in saying that there were no plans to downsize the Wiltshire operation.’
      • ‘Most of them are downsizing the workforce, sending our jobs abroad, reducing work here to temporary and part-time status and holding wages down.’
      • ‘The three counties regiment is one of those under threat as a result of continuing defence cuts and plans to downsize the Army.’
      • ‘It is also necessary to downsize the Central and State Governments.’
      • ‘As part of the restructure, Southcorp is downsizing its Hunter Valley operations, including the closure of a Rosemount bottling plant at Denman.’
    2. 1.2no object (of a company) eliminate staff positions.
      ‘recession forced many companies to downsize’
      • ‘And while we are at it don't forget the employees at Shaw's who were also laid off as that company downsizes until its Tullow Street headquarters have been rebuilt - or those at Celtic Linen.’
      • ‘In reality, these factors rarely offset increased costs, which can force unprepared organizations to downsize or even fold.’
      • ‘Companies are downsizing and closing, leaving workers vulnerable to poverty.’
      • ‘Many companies are downsizing, reducing layers of management, and automating routine jobs.’
      • ‘Does this mean that a research organization cannot downsize and still remain productive?’
      • ‘With many big companies downsizing, it's a great time for small biz to grab prime office space at reduced prices’
      • ‘‘A lot of companies are downsizing and they're taking up a lot of our space at the moment,’ she said.’
      • ‘‘When all those companies were downsizing, we never missed a week of work,’ he adds.’
      • ‘Many Irish companies are downsizing, and the attraction and retention of the best and most efficient workers available has become a key issue for many employers.’
      • ‘Companies downsize, relocate and collapse all the time.’
      • ‘However, as the political sphere is itself downsized and privatized, the state system is left with fewer tools, outside of increased repression, to handle disorder.’
      • ‘And while many Western companies are downsizing at home, they are boosting hiring at their own labs in India, China, and Eastern Europe.’
      • ‘Employment at Shannon Free Zone reduced by 6% to 7,373 at the end of 2002 with many companies downsizing due to the global economic downturn.’
      • ‘Libraries, too, have experienced fiscal challenges that have forced them to downsize and restructure their organizations.’
      • ‘He said that increasingly, smaller businesses are coming to dominate economies as big companies downsize and outsource, leading to opportunities and a myriad of small suppliers.’
      • ‘Companies downsized, diversified, and increased their exposure to export markets.’
      • ‘Those who are no longer essential to the main program - the flawed programs - are downsized and discarded.’
      • ‘If your company is downsizing, rather than succumbing to panic, redo your resume take a course, put out job feelers.’
      • ‘With companies busy downsizing - oops, rightsizing is the politically correct word - dressing down has become the order of the day.’
      • ‘Consequently, in the bid for competitive advantage, organizations have downsized, restructured, merged or acquired.’