HyperDic: downsize

English > 3 senses of the word downsize:
VERBsocialdownsizedismiss from work
changedownsizemake in a smaller size
changedownsizereduce in size or number
downsize > pronunciation
Soundsdaw'nsay.z
Rhymesactualize ... womanize: 266 rhymes with ayz...
English > downsize: 3 senses > verb 1, social
MeaningDismiss from work.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Example"three secretaries were downsized during the financial crisis"
Broaderfurlough, lay offdismiss, usually for economic reasons
English > downsize: 3 senses > verb 2, change
MeaningMake in a smaller size.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"the car makers downsized the SUVs when fuel became very expensive"
Broadershrink, reduceReduce in size
English > downsize: 3 senses > verb 3, change
MeaningReduce in size or number.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"the company downsized its research staff"
Broaderreduce, cut down, cut back, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring downcut down on

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