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down·​scale ˈdau̇n-ˌskāl How to pronounce downscale (audio)
downscaled; downscaling

transitive verb

: to cut back in size or scope
the recession forced us to downscale vacation plans


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: lower in class, income, or quality

Examples of downscale in a Sentence

Verb The festival will have to be downscaled this year. the poor economy forced the plant to downscale production Adjective an apartment in a downscale neighborhood The company aims to reach a more downscale market with its new stores.
Recent Examples on the Web
Within a few hours, Robertson had the full story, confirmed by Tumblr itself: The memo, which dates from early October, laid out Tumblr’s plans to downscale after failing to grow its user base and revenue in the past few years. WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 First, the union sought a share of revenue generated by series shown on streaming platforms (2 percent, which negotiators later downscaled to 1 percent). Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 So wrote Henry David Thoreau, famously, in Walden, the totemic 19th-century ode to downscale, off-the-grid living. Tom Vanderbilt, Outside Online, 28 Mar. 2023 As part of this downscaling trend, in June the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI) introduced Wu Dao 3.0, a series of open-source LLMs. IEEE Spectrum, 28 July 2023 An unintended consequence could be companies deciding to downscale their real estate holdings to cut costs. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2023 Mercenary boss warned of revolution in Russia, but his own was short-lived Although Putin said that Wagner fighters would be allowed to join Prigozhin in Belarus, early indications suggest that the mercenary group is likely to be downscaled in drastic fashion. John Hudson, Washington Post, 1 July 2023 It’s inspired by the classic Remington 40x, but rather than downscaling a centerfire platform, the V-22 is a true-to-scale rimfire with every design decision geared toward creating the most accurate 22LR rifle possible. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023 In real life, many Judas Priest fans were despondent over the absence of original singer Rob Halford, and the band had to downscale from arenas to clubs. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 18 July 2022
In 2012, just out of Texas State University, Whitney Miller was peddling cheesy products on The Liquidation Channel, kind of a downscale Home Shopping Network. Jim Clash, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2023 The red-walled first gallery emphasizes naturalistic black-and-white images of everyday life, mostly downscale. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2023 The Flying Harpoon is a gloriously downscale venue overlooking a bayou on a side road off Ala. 59 near the beach. al, 27 May 2022 Phillips argued that social and cultural issues would attract more downscale voters to the GOP. Vincent J. Cannato, National Review, 13 May 2021 Or an entire town shut down by a plant closing, being stripped of its ZIP Code, forcing depressed, penniless residents to flee to hideously downscale trailer parks? Joe Queenan, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2021 After that, the space went downscale, turning into a T.G.I. Friday’s and Arby’s, before lying vacant. Gary Stern, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 Over the game's six chapters, nearly all of its puzzles utilize this upscale/downscale mechanic. Peter Rubin, Wired, 2 Mar. 2021 Our team of scientists, however, has developed a geographic and statistical model to downscale national opinion results to the state, congressional district, and county levels. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 24 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1945, in the meaning defined above


1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of downscale was in 1930

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“Downscale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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