- 1downgrade somebody/something (from something) (to something) to move someone or something down to a lower rank or level She's been downgraded from principal to vice-principal.
- 2downgrade something/somebody to make something or someone seem less important or valuable than it/they really are compare upgrade
NAmE//ˈdaʊnɡreɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they downgrade
he / she / it downgrades
past simple downgraded
-ing form downgrading
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noun [uncountable, countable] a downgrading of diplomatic relations