Definition of downgrade verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    downgrade

     verb
    verb
    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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  1. 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.
  2. 2downgrade something/somebody to make something or someone seem less important or valuable than it/they really are compare upgrade
downgrading
 
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noun [uncountable, countable] a downgrading of diplomatic relations
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