down·​zone | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌzōn How to pronounce downzone (audio) \
downzoned; downzoning; downzones

Definition of downzone

transitive verb

: to reduce or limit development or the number of buildings permitted on the county downzoned rural land to allow only one home per ten acres

Examples of downzone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scott McGovern, president of the Anneslie Community Association, said the neighborhood was happy with Marks’ proposal to downzone the stretch of York Road from Dumbarton to Overbrook Road. Cody Boteler,, 3 Dec. 2019 Tuesday night, following its intention expressed at a June 18 study session, a majority of the Cupertino City Council appears poised to downzone the Vallco site in an attempt to render development there economically infeasible. J.r. Fruen, The Mercury News, 20 Aug. 2019 So to block that, the City Council voted Monday to shift the land temporarily into the Pike Market historic district — which for the time being would effectively downzone it by 40-plus stories. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, 15 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'downzone.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of downzone

1957, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About downzone

Time Traveler for downzone

Time Traveler

The first known use of downzone was in 1957

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near downzone

downy yellow violet


do/work wonders

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for downzone

Cite this Entry

“Downzone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!