Definition of downgrading noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪdɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdaʊnˈɡreɪdɪŋ//
    [uncountable, countable]
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  1. 1the act of moving somebody/something down to a lower rank or level the downgrading of the country's credit rating
  2. 2the act of making something/somebody seem less important or valuable than it/they really are the downgrading of animal welfare

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