scale (something) to (something else)

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scale (something) to (something else)

1. To ensure that the size of something complements or is proportional to the size of something else. We'll need to scale these photos to the picture frames I picked out. The architect wants to scale the extension to the rest of the house, but I'd really like for it to be quite a bit bigger than he's suggesting.
2. To adjust or design something to have a particular proportional size. Because the picture is a square, it won't scale to a standard 4x6 print unless we crop part of it out. The artist scaled the entire model city to just 1/1000ths of the real New York City, while still maintaining an astounding level of detail and accuracy.
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scale something to something

to design or adjust the size of one thing to match or complement the size of another thing. The architect sought to scale the office building to the buildings surrounding it. The playhouse will have to be scaled to the main house.
See also: scale