- 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 down·sized. being of a smaller size or version: a downsize car.
Origin of downsize
Examples from the Web for downsizing
For his tireless assault on evolutionary biology and downsizing the deity to fit within science, I give Meyer second place.2014: Revenge of the Creationists
Karl W. Giberson
December 27, 2014
Journalists are leaving Kabul, embassies are downsizing, and donors are quietly and drastically scaling back.The West Made Lots of Promises to Afghan Girls, Now It’s Breaking Them
October 20, 2014
Jacob Siegel on why the move may be more about downsizing than about visible ink.The U.S. Army Gets Tough on Tattoos in a Reversal of Policy
September 24, 2013
Financial firms are downsizing, and employees with ASDs have special needs.Autism Had Nothing to Do With Adam Lanza’s Rampage
Richard E. Farley
December 30, 2012
As a CEO, he was better known for downsizing purchased companies, than for new hiring.How to Make an Election Dumber
May 12, 2012
- to reduce the operating costs of a company by reducing the number of people it employs
- to reduce the size of or produce a smaller version of (something)
- to upgrade (a computer system) by replacing a mainframe or minicomputer with a network of microcomputersCompare rightsize
Word Origin and History for downsizing
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.”