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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to fire employees)
a. hacer recortes de personal
The company will have to downsize due to low profits.La empresa tendrá que hacer recortes de personal por causa de beneficios bajos.
b. hacer recortes de plantilla
Regionalism used in Spain
My dad lost his job when his company downsized.Mi papá perdió su trabajo cuando su compañía hizo recortes de plantilla.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (to make smaller by firing employees)
a. recortar
The boss decided to downsize the human resources staff.El jefe decidió recortar el personal de recursos humanos.
b. reducir
If we don't raise prices, we will have to downsize staff.Si no aumentamos los precios, tendremos que reducir el personal.
3. (to make smaller)
a. reducir el tamaño de
I don't want to eat at that restaurant anymore because they've downsized their portions.Ya no quiero comer en ese restaurante porque han reducido el tamaño de sus porciones.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (commerce)
a. hacer reajuste de plantilla en, reducir plantilla en
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downsize [ˌdaʊnˈsaɪz]
transitive verb
hacer recortes de personal en; hacer recortes de plantilla en; (Esp)
American manufacturing organizations have been downsizing their factories ...Soviet plans to downsize its nuclear arsenal's downsized economy
intransitive verb
reducir (el) personal; reducir (la) plantilla; (Esp)
General Motors is trying to downsize after taking a 12.5% loss last year One of the things that happens when you downsize is that you lose that sense of commitment from the staff
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