Definition of demote verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

demote

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈməʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈmoʊt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demote
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈməʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈmoʊt//
 
he / she / it demotes
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈməʊts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈmoʊts//
 
past simple demoted
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈməʊtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈmoʊtɪd//
 
past participle demoted
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈməʊtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈmoʊtɪd//
 
-ing form demoting
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈməʊtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈmoʊtɪŋ//
 
 
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[often passive] demote somebody (from something) (to something) to move somebody to a lower position or rank, often as a punishment opposite promote Word Origin late 19th cent.: from de- ‘down’ + a shortened form of promote.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: demote