descope

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

de- +‎ scope. First attested in US military and aerospace contexts.

Verb[edit]

descope (third-person singular simple present descopes, present participle descoping, simple past and past participle descoped)

  1. (management, US) To reduce the scope of; to revise objectives downward, sometimes in the context of a funding shortfall.
    • 1991 March 26, “Lethal Control of Arms”:
      The arms controllers who "descoped" the Patriot bear a heavy burden.