Definition of downscale in English:



[with object]North American
  • Reduce in size, scale, or extent.

    ‘he was unable to downscale his strongly unionized workforce’
    • ‘How do you downscale a big-company idea to solve a small company's problems?’
    • ‘And on its part, the eMac obliges users to downscale to low resolutions to maintain usable frequencies.’
    • ‘Some instinct told me that her pain was real and that to downscale the situation was not appropriate.’
    • ‘As a result any proposals to downscale our community hospitals should be resisted.’
    • ‘Therefore, we choose an alternate and of course downscaled experimental approach in order to guarantee reproducible results.’
    • ‘To raise $50,000 in start-up funds, the couple downscaled their lifestyle and tapped their 401 s and savings.’
    • ‘That being whatever it takes to downscale life-threatening situations.’
    • ‘It would not be out of the question for any of this country's manufacturing plants to downscale activities and finally close shop were they to experience conditions that made continued manufacture untenable.’
    • ‘This year, unfortunately, the event has been downscaled from a two-day event to just one - Saturday 26th of February.’
    • ‘But my deeper fear is that there is a hidden agenda to downscale the carnival, or perhaps even to get rid of it altogether, and the regulations are being used as sticks to beat us with.’
    • ‘He explained that developers should not carelessly pick any location where there was obviously no market and downscale their projects in order to avoid a higher vacancy rate.’
    • ‘If not, it will be necessary for it to rework and downscale, or possibly even to abandon, the project.’
    • ‘As for personal choices, years ago I got rid of my SUV and downscaled to a minivan.’
    • ‘British American Racing and Minardi are among the others who have been forced to downscale their operations.’
    • ‘Coca-Cola has downscaled its media coverage in Ireland, ‘so as not to interrupt the sombre content of the news’.’
    • ‘In this empire, you can downscale your life, because all you need to keep track of your affairs is a cottage by the water, as opposed to a huge office.’
    • ‘You've also called for downscaling the embassy, which is planned to be the largest U.S. Embassy in the world.’
    • ‘He also stated the revised plans will be ready for tender by June and the modified, downscaled development is hoped to completed within a timetable to facilitate the reopening of the theatre by the end of 2002.’
    • ‘Some people do this in a ‘macro’ way, like downscaling their jobs or going part-time.’
    • ‘Sure, the songs could've been cleaned up, polished, focused and downscaled into perfect shiny buttons, but that's not really the point is it?’


North American
  • At the lower end of a scale, especially a social scale; downmarket.

    ‘these brands appeal to downscale shoppers who are looking for a low price’
    • ‘The downscale storefronts he depicts all include some kind of outlet for transcendence, whether it be a liquor store, palm reader, porno shop or church.’
    • ‘‘The Herald’ has been kind of reinventing itself as a downscale tabloid this year, after a number of years of being a pretty good local news outlet.’
    • ‘So, in search of new thrills, we are hungrily opting for downscale pleasures.’
    • ‘I would have thought that over the years The New York Times might have become less naive about the arts, but it seems to have become more pretentious and downscale.’
    • ‘Though many critics and the actors themselves consider this production to be more downscale than the original London and New York shows in terms of set design, the set was the most impressive feature, if slightly short of spectacular.’
    • ‘The best argument for HH is that the comparatively downscale Pico neighborhood would finally get one of its own elected to city government.’
    • ‘Marilyn was staying at the decidedly downscale Park Hotel, across from the similarly down-scale Champs Mars, Port-au-Prince's town square.’
    • ‘It's an anonymous block in a darkened corner of the downscale shopping centre that passes for the heart of Mt Roskill, one of New Zealand's odder suburbs.’
    • ‘Their downscale rural counterparts, meanwhile, favor The Drew Carey Show, Woman's Day, and car races.’
    • ‘The restaurant is a downscale restaurant in a side street in the tourist-rich Tsimshatsui area.’
    • ‘Visitors entered a run-down building in a downscale neighborhood to discover what appeared to be a decrepit, abandoned reptile zoo.’
    • ‘The fact is upscale and downscale liberals alike loathe the man.’
    • ‘He didn't simply allude to his downscale strategy; he stated it baldly: ‘I'm happy that the stock market has boomed and so many businesses and new enterprises have done well,’ he said.’
    • ‘Sub-brands and endorsed brands are particularly relevant for vertical stretches where the brand needs to access upscale or downscale markets.’
    • ‘You do end up spending more than you would on a pint and a burger but you get refined upscale cuisine for a relatively downscale price.’
    • ‘When he goes back to his hotel room in a downscale section of Los Angeles, the amenities are even fewer.’
    • ‘The downscale springs are marvelously unsupervised, especially at night.’
    • ‘When we first started Tierra Nueva del Norte, we moved into a downscale residential neighborhood a few blocks from the Latino center of Burlington.’
    • ‘They invoke their particular (and often overlapping, and indeed she was one of his) gods and plunge out of downscale teenage bedrooms, brandishing shards of imagery as peculiarly-shaped as prison shivs.’
    • ‘These were just some of the voters who were still in play this fall - the majority of them white, downscale, worried about the economy, worried about terrorism, and worried about the condition of the cultural climate.’