scale back

scale back
phrasal verb scale down or scale back [transitive]
Word forms "scale down":
present tense I/you/we/they scale down he/she/it scales down present participle scaling down past tense scaled down past participle scaled down
to make something smaller in size, amount etc than it used to be

The search operation has been scaled down.

a scaled-down peacekeeping force


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • scale back — (something) to reduce the size or amount of something. The search for the child was scaled back sharply today, with almost a third of the volunteers heading home. The program was very effective, but the plan now is to scale it back. Usage notes:… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • scale back — PHRASAL VERB To scale back means the same as to scale down. [mainly AM] [V P n (not pron)] Despite current price advantage, UK manufacturers are still having to scale back production. [Also V n P] Syn: decrease …   English dictionary

  • scale back/down — [phrasal verb] scale back/down (something) or scale (something) back/down : to decrease the size, amount, or extent of (something) The committee scaled down the budget. The company has scaled back production. We scaled bac …   Useful english dictionary

  • scale back something — scale back (something) to reduce the size or amount of something. The search for the child was scaled back sharply today, with almost a third of the volunteers heading home. The program was very effective, but the plan now is to scale it back.… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • scale — Ⅰ. scale [1] ► NOUN 1) each of the small overlapping plates protecting the skin of fish and reptiles. 2) a thick dry flake of skin. 3) a white deposit formed in a kettle, boiler, etc. by the evaporation of water containing lime. 4) tartar formed… …   English terms dictionary

  • scale — scale1 [ skeıl ] noun *** ▸ 1 size/degree/level/rate ▸ 2 arranged set ▸ 3 relationship of distance ▸ 4 for weighing ▸ 5 series of musical notes ▸ 6 hard flat piece of skin ▸ 7 substance on pipes ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) singular or uncount the size of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scale — 1 /skeIl/ noun 1 SIZE/LEVEL (singular, uncountable) the size or level of something, or the amount that something is happening or being done (+ of): The scale of the pollution problem was much worse than scientists had predicted. | large/small etc …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • scale — [[t]ske͟ɪl[/t]] ♦♦ scales, scaling, scaled 1) N SING: also no det, with supp If you refer to the scale of something, you are referring to its size or extent, especially when it is very big. → See also , large scale, small scale However, he… …   English dictionary

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