- 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.
- 2downgrade something/somebody to make something/somebody seem less important or valuable than it/they really are compare upgrade
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//