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English verb: downsize

1. downsize (social) dismiss from work

SamplesThree secretaries were downsized during the financial crisis.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)furlough, lay off

2. downsize (change) make in a smaller size

SamplesThe car makers downsized the SUVs when fuel became very expensive.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)reduce, shrink

3. downsize (change) reduce in size or number

SamplesThe company downsized its research staff.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down

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