verb \ˈdan-ˌskāl\

: to make (something) smaller


Full Definition of DOWNSCALE

transitive verb
:  to cut back in size or scope <the recession forced us to downscale vacation plans>

Examples of DOWNSCALE

  1. The festival will have to be downscaled this year.
  2. <the poor economy forced the plant to downscale production>

First Known Use of DOWNSCALE




: relating or appealing to people who do not have much money; also : of low quality

Full Definition of DOWNSCALE

:  lower in class, income, or quality

Examples of DOWNSCALE

  1. an apartment in a downscale neighborhood
  2. The company aims to reach a more downscale market with its new stores.

First Known Use of DOWNSCALE

circa 1966


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