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downsize

down·size

downsize

 
pronunciation:
daUn saIz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: downsized, downsizes, downsizing
definition 1: to design and manufacture a smaller version of (a popular product, esp. a car).
When the company downsized its earlier model, the car's gas mileage increased.
definition 2: to reduce the size of (a company) by cutting down on the number of employees.
Town merchants were affected when the local manufacturing company was downsized and many residents lost their jobs.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: (of a company) to reduce in size by the elimination of some workers' jobs.
She lost her job when the company downsized last year.
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