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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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To reduce in quantity or magnitude. Also: To fire (employees) for the purpose of reducing costs in a business.

Usage examples (39)
  • Mimi Ritzen Crawford for The Wall Street Journal The couple have decided to downsize, which is the reason for the sale.
  • But the term "downsize" has such a negative connotation.
  • He's trying to "downsize" his views and infiltrate us normal people instead of being so right-winged extreme.
  • The oil shocks and recessions of the 1970s led to Detroit's disastrous effort to "downsize" its barge-mobiles, creating ugly econoboxes. for more
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