Definition of demote verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

demote

 verb
verb
NAmE//dɪˈmoʊt//
 
[often passive]demote somebody (from something) (to something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demote
 
he / she / it demotes
 
past simple demoted
 
-ing form demoting
 
 
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to move someone to a lower position or rank, often as a punishment opposite promote
NAmE//dɪˈmoʊʃn//
 
noun [countable, uncountable]
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