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

     

    downgrade

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they downgrade
    BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪd//
     
    he / she / it downgrades
    BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪdz//
     
    past simple downgraded
    BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪdɪd//
     
    past participle downgraded
    BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪdɪd//
     
    -ing form downgrading
    BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1downgrade somebody/something (from something) (to something) to move somebody/something down to a lower rank or level She's been downgraded from principal to vice-principal.
  2. 2downgrade something/somebody to make something/somebody seem less important or valuable than it/they really are
  3. compare upgrade
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: downgrade